4,645 people died after Hurricane María ---- 4 6 4 5 ----- The number? A report by The New England Journal o Medicine. The conclusion? Lack of transparency. This episode explores the poetry behind the discourse given to a nation in a state of shock.
On May 1, 2018 Puerto Rico's National Strike brought workers, families and students from all sectors to manifest against the austerity measures imposed by the Fiscal Board. I went to Puerto Rico to bury my grandmother. There I found the national strike. This episode is about pausing, thinking and the silences we face during trauma. It also about images and surveillance, and how social and traditional media might evolve to become Puerto Rico's next "carpeteo" or surveillance program.
Artists Jesús "Bubu Negrón," and Luis Agosto Leduc and community leader José Luis Vélez, winers of the Visible Award, came to NY's NADA Fair to do something other than self promotion. With the support of Proyectos Ultravioleta and Henrique Faría Fine Art galleries, they used the fair to catapult the Brigada Puerta de Tierra, a cohort of artists and community leaders, to raise funds to empower this enterprise.Read More
Joseph Rodríguez and I, circa 2015.
Puerto Rico goes into overdrive. Privatized PREPA. Ed system is overhauled. And bitcoin zillionaires move to PR. But where are culture and arts mentioned in our recovery? Also, the second half of photog Joseph Rodríguez's interview.
From Spanish Harlem to Los Angeles, and from Pakistan to Zambia, Joseph Rodriguez's camera gives voice to societies in conflict. He now trails the mountains of Puerto Rico to lead the island's visual photographic history as Jack Delano once did seven decades ago.
In this episode of Catatonia, he treks through the island to my home town of Caguas where he switches the dominant visual narrative from catastrophe to agency.
This is part 1. Also: Women's March. My mom departs to Puerto Rico on sad Tuesday morning.
Party’s over, people! We pulled through the holidays with coquito and parrandas. Now, let’s get back to business.
On our second episode: a follow up to my mom’s story. Spoiler: she adopted a NY pigeon! We look into Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Roselló’s failed parks rehab initiative and discuss Puerto Rico’s only suicide hot line center (@NYTimes). Finally, what is a parranda but a light in the darkness of our plight? But, are we ALL celebrating?
I made a huge mistake. My mom came to New York from Puerto Rico on October 5, 2017 and I thought it would be a good idea to Facebook- live our encounter. Flop! She collapsed, cried and proceeded to mourn for Puerto Rico, her town of Caguas, which was badly hit, and for the birds and the bees. Yes, she mourned for creatures that couldn’t fend for themselves perhaps because now, as a refugee, she felt the same way. In this, our very first episode, we talk about Puerto Ricans relocating with family in Continental U.S. or elsewhere, their anxieties and fears, but also their anecdotes and humorous stories. Do you have family from Puerto Rico living with you? Share your toughest challenges and victories! Comment here on this page or on Facebook. Subscribe to get Catatonia via email or on iTunes.