WELCOME TO INTIPUCATY CITY is supported by :
_We Women grant by Women Photograph and Photoville ( 2019)
_Moving walls fellowship by Open Society Foundations (2018)
_IADELANTE grant and fellowship by International Women Media Foundation (2017/2018)
_LFI Leica Fotografia International ( 2017)
New York Times 2019
Revista La Diaria 2018
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EL SALVADOR AN USA
Intipuca is without being. It goes and comes back. Intipucá is a cradle, that of the heart, that offamilies, that forges identities and pride. Since 1968 and the departure of Silfredo Chávez, (well)known as the first migrant, entire families (or not so many) decided to migrate to the United
States. Leaving became custom, a part of the history and of the life of the town and of the families. The United States became something close although so distant, The (dis) unit family began to draw a transnational territory, the absences of relatives contrast with the omnipresence of American-style mansions, waiting for a possible return. The stone becomes the way to mark the belonging when the body, the daily living can not do it.
Intipucá is a territory in tension, an identity that was sown there in the distance and that sprangup. The intipuqueños of the United States are organized and remember the adored but left land, participate at a distance in their local life with remittances, foundations and contributions to the municipality. Families became puzzles, and the city became a village for the elderly and teenagers.
We decided to deal with the Central American migration and its relationship with the United States, looking at the place left and not at the place of arrival. Intimate and deep stories that talk about migration not only as a massive event but as a sum of stories.
Through photography, drawing and genealogical trees (made by the Intipuqueños), we seek to understand the identity that is disrupted by an economic and social need and the impact of migrating to a town and its inhabitants.
Done with the photographer Koral Carballo, the journalist Jessica Avalos.
At Hugo Salinas and his uncle Alcides Andrade house. The liberty statue has been brought from the US. El Salvador, Intipuca – September 2017
Trinidad Chavez in the courtyard of his childhood house in Intipuca. He lives in the US for many years, and almost all his family is there. He came for the Intipuca Fest with his sons.Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador. February/March 2019. Intipuca, El Salvador.
Omar Blanco’s father in a picture, getting on the plane to the US. Intipuca, El Salvador – September 2017. Detail of sock of Alfredo Arias, one of the first migrants who undertook the trip to the USA in 1960. – March 11, 2019.
View of an american stylish house in Intipuca. Intipuca, El Salvador – September 2017.
Ludwin Navarrete, 38 years old. His brothers are all in the US, but he never desired to move there. He beleive on his land and on the work in can do here. Here, he is posing in his farm. Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador. February/March 2019. Intipuca, El Salvador.
The name of Intipuca main street is a reference to an ex ambassador of the US in El Salvador. Intipuca, El Salvador – February 2019.
Propaganda for the FMLM party before the elections. Two empty seats. Intipuca, El Salvador – February 2019.
Blanca Neri in her house in Intipuca. After living 15 years in the US, she decided to come back to Intipuca, to be her “own patrona”. She now run the Icacal Ranch, in the beach, where she try to give job opportunities to young locals. Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador. February/March 2019. Intipuca, El Salvador.
Melvin Chavéz, at the high school graduation in Intipuca (left) and inside the Salinas family home in the village (right).Intipuca El Salvador – March 2019 and September 2017.
Hugo Salinas was the first mayor in Intipucá to be openly self-appointed as a homosexual in El Salvador. Prepellor of the festivities in Intipucá and in the USA. Hugo Salinas. Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador. Intipuca, El Salvador. – March 6, 2019.
Exterior of a traditionnal house and interior of ha new american style one. Intipucá, El Salvador.March 2019.
Claudia Rivera, doctor at her work in Santiago de Maria. She is the director of the hospital. And came back to El Salvador after growing up in the US. Claudia Rivera left Intipucá as a child because of the 1980s war in El Salvador. She began a life in Maryland in Washington with her parents and brothers, however after graduating as a doctor and her children grew up she decided to return to El Salvador in order to help the health development of her people. (Right) Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador.. Santiago de Maria, El Salvador – February 28, 2019.
Interior of a house in Intipucá, El Salvador – February 7, 2019.
Yaquelin Portillo when she graduated. Picture in her house in Intipuca. She is the actual director of the Cultural House of Intipuca.Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador. February/March 2019. Intipuca, El Salvador.
Misses Intipuca from the US before the official act of presentation in Intipuca main square. Intipuca, El Salvador – March 2019.
Ana Nevi, street vendor in the main square of Intipuca during one of the street party in the city, Her brother is in the US and can’t come back because of he is undocumented and she can’t access to a visa.Family tree hanmade by the protagonist. In red, people’s name who live in the US and in blue, the ones who live in El Salvador.Intipuca, El Salvador – March 11, 2019.
View of a poster in the cultural center of Intipuca promoting the city in spanish and english. Intipuca, El Salvador – February 2019.
EL SALVADOR Y ESTADOS UNIDOS
Intipuca está sin estar. Desde 1968 y la partida de Silfredo Chávez, (re)conocido como el primer migrante, irse a Estados Unidos se volvió costumbre, una parte de la historia y vida del pueblo y de las familias. Estados Unidos se volvió algo cercano y presente aunque geográficamente lejano.
La (des)unidad familiar empezó a dibujar un territorio transnacional, las ausencias de los parientes contrastan con la omnipresencia de mansiones al estilo norteamericano, a la espera de un posible retorno. La piedra se convierte en el modo de seguir vinculado con la tierra natal cuando el cuerpo no lo puede hacer. Intipucá es un territorio en tensión, una identidad que fue sembrada en un lejano allá. Las familias se transformaron en rompecabezas, y la ciudad se volvió un pueblo de ancianos y adolescentes.
A través de la fotografía y árboles genealógicos (hechos a mano por los intipuqueños), buscamos entender la identidad trastocada por una necesidad económica y social de irse, así como el impacto del hecho de migrar en un pueblo y sus habitantes, reconfigurando la noción de vínculos con el territorio y con la familia. El color rojo representa a los familiares establecidos en EEUU y el azul los que hoy siguen estando en Intipucá.
Trabajo realizado con la fotografa mexicana Koral Carballo y la periodista salvadoreña Jessica Avalos.