In the Land of Precious Things (Part 5: Santa Ana)
In the Land of Precious Things (Part 4:San Salvador)
Land of Precious Things (Part 3: San Salvador)
In The Land of Precious Things (Part 2: San Salvador)
In the Land of Precious Things (Part 1: San Salvador)
Conciencia Colectiva: En Memoria al Teleférico San Jacinto (Collective Consciousness: In Memory of the Aerial Tramway San Jacinto), 2013
Appropriated text on video and blue pencil tracings on vellum
Video duration: 8:09 & 6 (9”x 12) drawings
This series of drawings and accompanying video comes out a closing of a theme park in El Salvador in late April of 2013. The theme park was called the Teleferico de San Jacinto (english translation of Teleferico is “aerial-tram”) As a person who was born in El Salvador and raised in the San Francisco East Bay most of my recent contact and knowledge of what’s currently happening in El Salvador comes from engaging with social media sites and other forms of internet based media. When the closing of the theme park was announced on the Prensa Grafica’s (a newspaper in El Salvador) facebook page there was an outcry of commentaries that vary from anger, sadness, indifference, condescending rhetoric and politics, in short there was a clear opinionated polarization from people commenting on the closing of the theme park. People blamed, gangs, the liberal political party, the right wing party, the economy, people’s indifference to saving the park and the list goes on.
Along with the announcement of the closing of the theme park the Prensa Grafica asked its facebook “fans” to share their family photographs of the theme park through the years. I downloaded those photographs shared by people with children in the images and traced those photos excluding a lot of detail present in the original photographs plus I took online commentaries verbatim from readers concerning the closure and put on a looping video that you see here.
To see accompanying video click HERE
These photos are part of the My Two Homes project that artist Alexander Hernandez and I have been working on this past school year with Mission Education Center youth which is a K-5 elementary school for newly arrived Spanish-speaking immigrant students. Alexander Hernandez and I received LTAF studio residency at Root Division and with in this fellowship we developed a series of projects that are meant to spark friendships and create bonds between children in their new home in the city of San Francisco as well as give students a space to freely reflect, remember and hold on to their birth country in their memory.
The work will be on display at New Growth: Coming Up Color art exhibit at Root Division May 11th 2013
Made a paper apron for one of Root Division’s annual fundraiser and auction with an emphasis on food. Root Division is located in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood and is a non profit organization that offers subsidized artist studio and a hand full of studio residency. In addition RD has a great gallery space as well as adult and youth teaching opportunity. I’ve had a studio residency at Root Division since June 2012.
Sketches of Salvadorean writers, poets and artist. 2013- In process. I will post all of them when I finish them all. The people visible in these images are:
Consuelo de Saint Exupéry
Salarrué (Salvador Efraín Salazar Arrué)
30 Dias sin El Salvador, GIF Animado, 2013-En curso.
30 Days without El Salvador, Animated GIF, 2013-Ongoing
For this small gesture I am taking a still image from a webcam in San Salvador and putting those images together and playing them through a GIF file. I plan to do this for a whole year. This is about love, distance and nostalgia.