ElMañana es Incierto
(The Future is Uncertain) 

ARTIST STATEMENT

El Mañana es Incierto is a series of five images and an interactive installation piece that provokes thought on past and current cultural andpolitical issues in Guatemala. The series of work offers a look into the Guatemalan Civil War and the genocide of their Indigenous Maya population. With a focus on how the current political issues are affecting the next generation of Guatemalans’. This series of work began in January 2015 and will continue to progress from the interactive Guatemalan worry dolls and worry notes provided in the exhibition. 

Central America is often referred to as ‘America’s Backyard’. In this part of the world there seems to be an unspoken awareness of the issues in Central American countries. The lack of documentation and interest fuels theidea that people have some awareness that Central American countries are still suffering from political corruption, gang violence and the war on drugs. They have branded these issues as being acceptable in this part of the world. Western countries actually have no real knowledge of the extent of the problemsin Central America. This is partly due to selective media coverage, using the document to create a spectacle and the political restrictions on documentation.

The countries of Central America have experienced a violent past of political corruption, drugs and gang violence. The countries have suffered the mistreatment of the indigenous Maya population, civil wars, corrupt governments and a history of violence and inequality. This history reflects onthe current situation in Central American countries.

This series of work takes the form of a photographic interactive installation piece. The five images explore the past and present issues of Guatemalan people. The table I have included in the exhibition takes inspiration from the image of the religious that depicts a shrine to Jesus and the iconography of Guatemalan people, in the house of the Yojcom Pérez family I stayed with in the village San Juan LaLaguna, Lake Atitlan. My table replicates the family’s table and consists of religious iconography and a diary of conversations taken from the family I stayed with. 

The interactive piece of this exhibition involves connecting the Guatemalan culture to our own. It involves exchanging a worry for a doll. On my table a woven bowl full with Guatemalan worry dolls, offers the viewer to take part in writing down one of their own worries and placing it in the plastic baghung on the wall, in exchange for a Guatemalan doll. Resulting in a comparativestudy of our Western worries in relation to that of the current worries of Guatemalan people.

Image description:

On arrival to San Juan La Laguna

Pedro outside his home

The shrine in the Yojcom Pérez house

Guatemalan worker

Domingo Pérez Hernández(Lourdes’s father)

My multi-cultural background has ignited an interest in different cultures and has allowed me to adapt to different cultural ideologies and customs. I take a personal interest in the social unjust throughout all my projects and revealing to others, issues which they might not be aware of, is crucial to my photographic practice. 

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