Crumbling Ecosystem, Painful Memories Haunt Fishing Village
In his project “Dulce y Salada,” Jorge Panchoaga examines a fragile community in Colombia as their environment and culture is threatened
The village of Nueva Venecia floats deep within the arteries of the Magdalena River Estuary System in Colombia. The 400 families who live there in stilted houses share a deep connection with the water that surrounds them, depending on it for survival and sustenance even as it is being polluted and depleted by years of agricultural use dating back to the banana plantations of the 1900s. Today the main problem is untreated sewage from major cities. Many of the townspeople are unable to afford purified water which means drinking water from the river as is.
Panchoaga was inspired to translate this experience, using the three states of water— liquid, solid, and gas—as a metaphor for memory in a body