“And we’re brown, and Central American, and this is what’s up,” artist Liliana Castro explains.
Borders of Freedoms / Contornos de Libertad presents video work by six artists living in El Salvador and its diaspora.
Writers interested in covering contemporary arts in and about El Salvador should apply by May 15, 2020.
Salvadorans can now enjoy art where their former leaders once wined and dined. Opting to live at home during his time in office, newly elected President Salvador Sánchez Cerén has turned the Presidential House in San Salvador’s upscale neighborhood of Escalon into an art gallery, featuring works by 45 local painters and sculptors.
SAN SALVADOR — It is one week after the general elections in El Salvador that split the winning left party from the right by a margin of 6,300 votes — less than 1% percent of the total — electing ex-guerilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén president. Tensions in the country are high, and even more so within the nation’s community of artists, who are rallying to defend Víctor “Crack” Rodríguez, who is facing up to six years in prison for a performance piece.
When director Victor Ruano was a teenager, he wanted to make a movie that could reflect in time, sound and images what that still painting said to him. In his mind, it stood as a description of certain aspects of his society and the country of El Salvador. He would dare to say, that in a sense El Cadáver Exquisito is that painting at 24 frames per second. This image is superimposed onto a billboard in the beginning of the film and serves as a kind of table of contents of what is to come. It stands as a form of dialogue in time, between generations, and through conflicts.