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In 1978, Central American poet Claribel Alegria published Sobrevivo (Surviving), a collection of poems that captured the reality of living through the chaos of war and revolution. Her native Nicaragua, and adopted El Salvador, were mired in bloody conflicts. The poems express the fog of war, as anguish and sorrow permeate life:

“Stubborn
confused
the news comes to me
truncated facts
cold, contradictory sentences
that pursue me
that is how your death arrived, Roque Dalton
the implacable news of your death
in the smudged headlines
…it arrived without precision
in broken images
you were a tower
a beacon slicing through fog”
- “Sorrow,” Claribel Alegria

La Niebla (The Fog) consists of composite prints, created from 2018-2021, from archives and memories of war. The composites are built using a computer averaging algorithm that combines memories recorded in books, newspapers, and photographs, and are printed using a hybrid of silkscreen, lithography, and digital printing. The prints subvert the terror recorded in the original records by compressing the captured memories into colors and textures, thereby transforming the chaos of war into serene compositions.

Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy, by Paul Dix, Pamela Fitzpatrick
Archival digital print. Composite of the book Nicaragua: Surviving the Legacy.
65" x 36"
2018
Adios Muchachos
Archival digital print. Composite of Sergio Ramirez's revolutionary memoir, Adios Muchachos.
48" x 36"
2019
Algo Mas Que Un Recuerdo
Archival digital print. Composite of the book Algo Mas Que Un Recuerdo by Ernesto Castillo Guerrero.
48" x 36"
2019
Testimonios De Brigadistas
Archival digital print. Composite of the book Testimonios De Brigadistas.
48" x 36"
2019
Corresponsales de Guerra
Archival digital print. Composite of the book Corresponsales de Guerra (War Correspondents)
45" x 36"
2021
Murals of Revolutionary Nicaragua
Archival digital print. Composite of the book Murals of Revolutionary Nicaragua.
55" x 36"
2019
La Insurreccion de las Paredes
Archival digital print. Composite of the book La Insurrecion de las Paredes.
60" x 36"
2019
Algo Mas Que Un Recuerdo II
Cyanotype.
20" x 15"
2019