“Gringolandia” is a collaborative work between myself and my brother Joshua Roca Gonzalez an active duty marine stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA. We have been working with the goal of documenting heritage through the action of military enlistment. With photography we explore the ramifications on culture, descending from a male-centric family our generations of men perpetuate Puerto Rican machismo and are proud to adopt American citizenship, strengthened by their participation in the American military at the cost of their own cultural history. This work is a representation of the physical and psychological transition and developmental of Puerto Rican soldiers.
With the main interest of exposing how this contributes to a cultural view and practice of machismo. Machismo is a behavioral performance of male attitude and pride that embodies aggression, sexism and virility.

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