• Pax Tecum Filomena

    Sub secreto, archival pigment print, 30" x 40", 2007.

    January 16, 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords that would bring an end to El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. This past summer, I had the privilege of listening to the personal stories of my fellow Salvadorans as they shared their family photos with me. Little did I know that I would be confronted so poignantly with a part of my own history, and that traveling for the first time in my life to the town of Perquín, the former headquarters of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), would haunt me with such unexpected images.

    An intense war zone during the war, the last time I had been anywhere near the Eastern part of the country was when I was 15, a few years before I left El Salvador to come to the United States. But Carolina’s husband said we would go on a pilgrimage, and he was right. Seeing our cousin Janet’s picture (a.k.a. Filomena) amongst the fallen heroes and martyrs at the Museo de la Revolución thrust me into a charged psychological space where past and present merged, opening the wounds of traumas not completely healed.

    May peace be with you.

    
    Pax Tecum Filomena (Sub secreto), 2007
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    Pax Tecum Filomena

    Video, 1 min, 2007.

    January 16, 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords that would bring an end to El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. This past summer, I had the privilege of listening to the personal stories of my fellow Salvadorans as they shared their family photos with me. Little did I know that I would be confronted so poignantly with a part of my own history, and that traveling for the first time in my life to the town of Perquín, the former headquarters of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), would haunt me with such unexpected images.

    An intense war zone during the war, the last time I had been anywhere near the Eastern part of the country was when I was 15, a few years before I left El Salvador to come to the United States. But Carolina’s husband said we would go on a pilgrimage, and he was right. Seeing our cousin Janet’s picture (a.k.a. Filomena) amongst the fallen heroes and martyrs at the Museo de la Revolución thrust me into a charged psychological space where past and present merged, opening the wounds of traumas not completely healed.

    May peace be with you.

    
    Pax Tecum Filomena, video, 2007
    1293,960
    Not For Sale
  • Pax Tecum Filomena

    Quae vide, archival pigment print, 30" x 40", 2007.

    January 16, 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords that would bring an end to El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. This past summer, I had the privilege of listening to the personal stories of my fellow Salvadorans as they shared their family photos with me. Little did I know that I would be confronted so poignantly with a part of my own history, and that traveling for the first time in my life to the town of Perquín, the former headquarters of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), would haunt me with such unexpected images.

    An intense war zone during the war, the last time I had been anywhere near the Eastern part of the country was when I was 15, a few years before I left El Salvador to come to the United States. But Carolina’s husband said we would go on a pilgrimage, and he was right. Seeing our cousin Janet’s picture (a.k.a. Filomena) amongst the fallen heroes and martyrs at the Museo de la Revolución thrust me into a charged psychological space where past and present merged, opening the wounds of traumas not completely healed.

    May peace be with you.

    
    Pax Tecum Filomena (Quae vide), 2007
    1315,960
    Not For Sale
  • Pax Tecum Filomena

    Video stills.

    January 16, 2007 marked the 15th anniversary of the 1992 Chapultepec Peace Accords that would bring an end to El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. This past summer, I had the privilege of listening to the personal stories of my fellow Salvadorans as they shared their family photos with me. Little did I know that I would be confronted so poignantly with a part of my own history, and that traveling for the first time in my life to the town of Perquín, the former headquarters of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), would haunt me with such unexpected images.

    An intense war zone during the war, the last time I had been anywhere near the Eastern part of the country was when I was 15, a few years before I left El Salvador to come to the United States. But Carolina’s husband said we would go on a pilgrimage, and he was right. Seeing our cousin Janet’s picture (a.k.a. Filomena) amongst the fallen heroes and martyrs at the Museo de la Revolución thrust me into a charged psychological space where past and present merged, opening the wounds of traumas not completely healed.

    May peace be with you.

    
    Pax Tecum Filomena, video stills, 2007
    1440,552
    Not For Sale
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