The photographic exhibition Stories of El Salvador: The Civil War and Its Aftermath will tell the history of the Civil War in El Salvador and the role of women during and after the conflict. The objective of the exhibition is to educate the public about the history of the Civil War (1979-1992) and its consequences. The photos of women transmit a message about their power, resilience, and organizational abilities. The aim is to tell women’s inspiring stories and share their hope, wisdom and dedication to the world, to make people reflect upon different forms of activism.
The story will be told utilizing the photojournalism archive of the North American Congress on Latin American (NACLA) and through the inclusion of portraits from the Mujeres de la Guerra Project by the photographer Lyn McCracken and the activist Theodora Simon.
The Civil War in El Salvador began as a protest against the disparity between the small powerful elite and an impoverished majority. For the military, the protestors represented a threat to the national security and to the capitalist modernization process, which was taking place in El Salvador. It is estimated that one out of every one hundred people was killed or disappeared during the civil war with a total of eighty thousand casualties.
The photographs selected are examples of atrocities to be condemned and of demonstrations of courage and humanity to take example from. This unique exhibition will display NACLA’s previously unpublished photos and will show the Mujeres de la Guerra project for the first time in New York.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
This exhibition is important for the people whose life was influenced by the civil war in El Salvador, but it also appeals to the bigger public who will get to know an important part of the history of a beautiful country, thanks to the power of images.
A film series and symposium will accompany the exhibition to further discuss the themes it raises.
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