Saturday, September 18, 2010

The architecture of remittances



If you have spent any time driving through the countryside of El Salvador you have seen them -- remittance houses -- those houses with a certain ostentation and a pastel paint job built using remittances from Salvadorans working in the US. It's an identifiable architectural style (or lack of style?) in El Salvador. Now the country's leading art museum, the Museum of Art of El Salvador, is running an exhibition devoted to the architecture of remittances. The show is titled Architecture of Remittances: Dreams of Return, Symbols of Success and runs through October 17.

If you cannot visit the museum before the show ends, the exhibition has a website here with many photos of remittance architecture and narrative about the cultural forces that these houses represent.

2 comments:

Senor Pescado said...

WOW, what a very cool, and unique post
kudos again to you, the caring man with heart from Garrison Keillor's town

very cool post! and a very interesting subject

Iván Abrego (ivanfilios) said...

What a fantastic find. Thanks for posting the link to their blog.