Arquitectura del vaivén: Diasporic Building(s) in Central America’s Northern Triangle

On view October 15, 2018 through March 15, 2019
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

DRCLAS, CGIS South, 2nd Floor, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 
Contact: ARTS @DRCLAS Program Manager, Marcela Ramos

Curated by Gabriela Poma, Harvard University Doctoral student in Romance Languages and Literatures. Arquitectura del vaivén: Diasporic Building(s) in Central America’s Northern Triangle highlights nine photographs from the series Faraway Brother Style (2009-2010) by Salvadoran contemporary artist Walterio Iraheta .  The series interrogates the phenomenon of remittance architecture materializing in the rural landscapes of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and plays with the notion of an ambiguous aesthetic that emerges from the experience of migration. These photographs reveal the complexities inherent in the region’s ever-changing social reality and the potential for transformation.

Poma’s research explores the cultural production of writers and visual artists following the Central American wars with particular focus on the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) and Nicaragua.  She aims to create links between their creative responses and the most salient issues that continue to affect the region. More broadly, her project foregrounds the role of Central American migrant subjectivities as historical actors. Special thanks to Professors Sergio Delgado Moya, Lorgia Garcia Peña and Françoise Lionnet.

Supporting  programming includes:
--Opening Reception

Monday, October 15 @5:30pm

The event will include a walkthrough of Arquitectura del vaivén by Gabriela Poma

--Panel Discussion on Documentary Photography

Monday, October 15 @6:00pm

Featuring Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the School at the International Center of Photography (ICP),and Susan Meiselas, American photographer and 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

--Poetry Reading

Tuesday, October 30 @5:30pm

The Salvadoran poet and 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Javier Zamora, will read from his latest book Unaccompanied (2017).

--Film Series

Spring 2019 (dates TBC)

Cinema from Central America and the Caribbean

--Panel Discussion on Central American Migration and Cultural Exchanges

Monday, March 11 2019 @ 4:30pm 


Related project

The videos shown in the exhibition were a prelude to a public art intervention launched in San Salvador, El Salvador on December 4, 2018 at the Museo Nacional de Antropología David J. Guzmán (MUNA) The intervention, Forrando Paz, brings together a consortium of Salvadoran organizations, youth leaders from marginalized communities in San Salvador, and Inside Out, “a global art project transforming messages of personal identity”, founded by French artist JR.