The Artist and the Archive | Laberinto Projects | Lake Coatepeque, El Salvador | 2017
laberinto projects is an arts, culture and education platform that fosters contemporary art practices, legacy preservation, social inclusion and dialogue in El Salvador, Central America and its diaspora. I spent 10 days at this residency as part of a workshop called 'The artist and the archive' led by Muriel Hasbun. Ten artists from North America, Central America and Columbia brought their ideas on the archive and were exposed to the history of the residence, lectures on contemporary thinking about the archive in art, the National Archives of El Salvador and each other. Being the only artist from the United States, I was transported into an experience where everything was different. I was different. The language, the lake and the color stood out as primary sensory influence, culminating in an initial response of work that will eventually be part of an exhibition. I continue to reflect on the synergy (to borrow a word from Buckminster Fuller) of our group communing together over the archive.