speak your story / cuenta tu historia
ARTE VOZ creates a site for the exchange of stories and heartbeats elicited by the art of Central America. It’s a relational piece that began last fall by Muriel Hasbun as a series of workshops around Washington, DC (home to 500,000 Salvadorans). Responding to the laberinto projects archive, individuals learn about the civil war years through its art and engage in the unfinished business of healing from the violence that still engulfs communities today. Encouraging the telling of previously untold stories, what started as a small pre-fabricated audio booth became a transnational sculpture fashioned in collaboration with Salvadoran artist Baltasar Portillo. The audio booth reflects the spherical design of Casa Laberinto's entrance and the Nicaraguan artist Julio Sequeira’s self-portrait “Hombre Cósmico.”
We are committed to creating spaces for empowerment and healing, where first person narratives construct and affirm collective history and culture, and galvanize communities with a sense of identity. As communities tell their story, invisibility gives way to repair, while also charting a path for identifying the stressors that ignite violence and prompt migration.