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.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: The project will continue until july 2020 and it's the first time for than I will developp a such big project. The field work will last until march 2020 and the final project is a transmedia website . Until then, we started a website and an instagram account to start to connect with our audience, both salvadorian an migrants community and general audience. We would like to continue to share the work in progress through social medias, and generate interest about the project since now. I would love to be mentored around this topic with Visura.
Welcome to Intipuca City
A photographic and transmedia project in El Salvador and The United States