Xerox Transfer on Asian Paper, magnets & nails
on view at Encuentro, Centro Cívico Numancia, Impact 10, Santander, Spain
This installation is based on images I took during April and May of 2018 of protests against the current government in Nicaragua. These works trace memories and are testimony of the awakening of the social imaginary into tangible action via civilian protests, barricades and peaceful marches. These mass movements continue on. Memory and nostalgia are intrinsic to the social imaginary of Nicaraguans, which dared to dream of a free Nicaragua in the 70's and toppled the Somoza dictatorship. The disillusionment and for some the betrayal of that dream impel them to the streets today. Countless lives have died in a new era of repression that for many of us reawakens the trauma of the civil war of the 70's and reminds us of the fragility of freedom, the power of memory and the danger of nostalgia.