El mundo se le fue poniendo negro y negro y negro, como cuando amenaza lluvia y las panzudas nubes de acero se detienen con un zumbido metálico sobre las montañas del oriente, y un perro negro y gigantesco ragaña a lo lejos, y se abren de repente las barrigas de las nubes, enseñando sinuosas llagas de oro, bocas llenas de dientes de oro, mero como cuando ríen los achimeros. Y el trueno se desboca allá arriba y una manada de caballos invisibles pasa galopando por el filo de los cerros, cataplán, cataplán, cataplán…
— Francisco Méndez
Guatemalan writer and poet.
Archive for March, 2012
The reason hundreds of Guatemalans decided to walk that distance heading to Guatemala City, is for demanding changes, all what they are asking should be present in our days, but guess what? Is not.
They arrived to Central Park after walking nine days, yes, you read well, nine days! This shows, among other things, how everything centralizes in Guatemala City. If you have a demand, you have to actually be here. Not to mention, happens all the time; everybody thinks the new government, will do something about it.
All of them, will stay in the streets until they get the answer they want. They are here to demand concrete solutions to the agrarian conflict in Guatemala, the cancellation of licenses for mining and hydroelectric projects, they also denounce abuses and outside the law evictions.
March 26, is the international day to raise awareness and inform about epilepsy. In Guatemala, we make an effort to bring reliable information, the Purple Day Guatemala project can be found here.
Some quick facts:
- Seizures are not isolated cases, more than 50 million people worldwide suffer from it.
- You can speak freely of the subject. It is important that the people around you (work, studies) know.
- Epilepsy is not contagious, except for cases due to infectious diseases.
- It is a treatable and manageable. Consult your doctor for proper treatment.
Did you know that Guatemala has a law to protect senior citizens? The fact is that people with disabilities and the elderly, have a difficult time trying to move around Guatemala City. Moving from side to side of the road using footbridges, although it is the safest, is not so easy if you have difficulty climbing stairs. However, I’ve seen some restaurants and shopping malls have some considerations for people with difficulties but the government still does not take into account all these possibilities.
La Sexta Avenida in Zone 1 has become not only a crosswalk but an entertainment place where a lot of things happen; from a Yoga class to hearing different styles of music, clowns, photography exhibitions and
now Transformers! Children are the most benefited from all these new creative ways to get extra money.
Panyebar, is part of the municipality of San Juan la Laguna in the western highlands of the country near the shores of Lake Atitlan where is tz’utujiles, But Panyebar village is principally composed by k’iches mayans. In the picturesque mountainous village there are 2,000 citizens, two thirds of which are children.
Text and Photos by Miguel Avila
This is the current exhibit at Moonkat Dessert Lounge & Galeria de Arte, featuring XDP’s very own Jose Moreno and fellow talented photographer Leslie Martinez. Come and check it out! 2da Calle, 13-30, Zona 1, see you soon!!
In commemoration of March 8, International Women’s Day, ARTEFACTO (Documentary Cultural Association) present the first edition of Fem-Foto Guatemala, an exhibit which unites the work of women artists and photography researchers.
The photo exhibit Diverso Entorno shows us through documentary photography the point of view of women with distinct and diverse realities as themselves. Through their visions these women photographers invite us to reflect upon the different stereotypes that the Guatemalan society has created for women, from misery to women as merchandise. Diverso Entorno is a summary of the these different perspectives provided by the photographers Selene Mejía, Lucía Reinoso, Cecilia Porras Sáenz, Daniela Parra and Morena Pérez Joachin.
Besides the photo exhibit, Diverso Entorno also held a discussion forum during the inauguration where different Guatemalan women speakers from the fields of the arts, politics, literature, and photography invited the audience to reflect even further through their thought-provoking talks. The speakers were Lily Caravantes, Carolina Escobar Sarti, Verónica Sajbin Velásquez, Sandra Monterroso and Patricia Cortez Bendfeldt as the moderator.
Diverso Entorno will remain open until March 16, so if you’re in Guatemala, please, take the time to visit the exhibit. In the mean time, below you will find a couple of photos and a short video clip showing part of the exhibit. Enjoy!
The view above is one that you might encounter when you flight into Guatemala during the rainy season when the country is mostly cover by huge cloud formations. The photo above, however, was taken during the dry season, in a very unusual cloudy day. I like how the clouds seem to be like the sea near a beach.
Have you encountered a sight similar when flying into Guatemala?
Here’s photo tip, whenever taking photos of anything large or huge, make sure you include in the picture something that can provide scale, for instance, a human being, a dog, an ice cream cart, a vehicle, et cetera. Without the person in the picture, we could not know how big is this waterfall found on the way to Panajachel coming from Sololá.