Panama Narratives

Panama Narratives

2021

Single Channel Video/Installation, 8:44 min.

Panama Narratives is an experimental short video in which counter-archives layered within indigenous cosmology attempt to dismantle false utopian narratives in the Panama Canal Zone. This video explores the U.S. intervention in the Panama Canal Zone and the relationship between the Canal Zone residents, the Panamanian people, the Indigenous Guna people and my childhood experience. I use graphic gestures drawn over my personal family archives and a Frederick Wiseman film about the Canal Zone to interrogate the inaccurate utopian vision embedded in these historical depictions of the Panama Canal Zone. These poetic gestures, inspired by Molas, artisanal quilts made by the Guna people of Panama, trace a forgotten boundary built by the U.S. military to divide the occupied territory.