Romeo Galdamez, El Salvador

Following the Peace Agreement’s 1992 end to national civil war, the populated experienced geographic shifts. The refugee return to urban areas and emigrant deportation from the United States and back to El Salvador plunged the nation into poverty and a claustrophobic urban culture. With a memory of violence. Having imbibed some extra-Salvadorian cultural norms, the emigrant population brought with them societal shifts as well. To show the way the society was wrestling with the complex changes of migration and urbanization, Galdamez created a collage triptych depicting a cacophony of influences and imagery: “Paginas Unidas: Triptico de la Memoria(2001–2009). The patchwork of cultural icons paralleled the global interconnectivity and aspirations for cultural production and economic prosperity brought by peace.


Mallonee, Laura C. “Creating a National Art in El Salvador“. Hyperallergic. 13 Mar 2014.


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