Currently research for a paper on the use of art to form and express identity within translocal and transnational communities. It’s a group paper, which is always an experience, but my contribution to the project is dealing with Cuban exile art. What I find interesting is that this particular displaced community has had a unique experience in the way in which they have retained their culture. Mostly relocated to Miami, rather than acting as a homogenous community, which is usually the norm for displaced peoples, the Cubans represent all aspect of society. This provides a mini-cultural environment through which artists can tap into their cultural traditions. While ultimately it is based within the context of American culture, it has created an interesting case study on diasporic communities and their ability to maintain national identity.