Erika P. Rodriguez

The Oldest Colony
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nationality: Puerto Rican
Biography: Erika P. Rodríguez is a photographer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  My personal work meditates on the fragility of the island’s collective memory and the implicit tension present by the lack of our political identity. Being... MORE
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The Oldest Colony
Copyright Erika P. Rodríguez 2024
Updated Dec 2016
Location Puerto Rico
Topics Candid, Community, Culture, Debt, Documentary, economy, Freedom, Human Rights, Latin America, Personal, Photography, Protests


Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean that belongs to United States but is not part it, according to the Supreme Court’s definition of the “unincorporated territory.”

Its political limbo, built by its territorial status and self-identity crisis, has been carried over for more than 500 years of colonization.

Through the subtlety of daily life, the chaos of politics, the hardship of the economic crisis, and now with hurricane Maria’s aftermath our story emerges – with its celebrations and contradictions.

This is an ongoing long-term project.

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