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


Monday, October 15, 2018 (All day)


CGIS South, 2nd Floor, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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 

Exhibition Reception, Monday October 15th, 5:30pm
Contact: Marcela Ramos, ARTS @DRCLAS Program Manager 

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 post the Central American contemporary 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, 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
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).
--Film Series
Spring 2019 (dates TBC)
Cinema from Central America and the Caribbean
--Panel Discussion on Central American Migration and Cultural Exchanges
Spring 2019 (date TBC)

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