Photographer Aníbal Martel and researcher Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez are the Canarian co-creators of CISLANDERUS, a four-year long cultural and artistic project dedicated to the Canary Islanders community in Louisiana, the living legacy of the 18-Century Canarian immigration to New Orleans. Through over one hundred interviews and an unprecedented photographic archive, their work aims to make visible a forgotten chapter of our Spanish-American history.
With an eminently interdisciplinary focus grounded in a combination of cultural and insular studies, documentary photography, and anthropology, this exhibition —just a part of the total project— shows the faces and lives of a community on the verge of disappearance. This photographic corpus showcases a body of work that informs the entangle nature of affects and objectivity, as well as the different ways to connect history and presence.
This exhibition will travel to Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge after its New Orleans debut. CISLANDERUS at Capitol Park Museum will open October 17, 2019. To know more about this cultural project, visit www.cislanderus.com
Photo by Anibal Martel