On view: October 15, 2018 through March 15, 2019 - Monday to Friday from 9 to 5pm
DRCLAS, CGIS South, 2nd Floor, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
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:
Monday, October 15 @5:30pm
The event will include a walkthrough of Arquitectura del vaivén by Gabriela Poma
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.
Tuesday, October 30 @5:30pm
The Salvadoran poet and 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Javier Zamora, will read from his latest book Unaccompanied (2017).
Spring 2019 (dates TBC)
Cinema from Central America and the Caribbean
Monday, March 11 2019 @ 4:30pm
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.