Darice Polo

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Artist Statement

Puerto Rico’s history is a prototype for understanding how colonial powers have suppressed the history and sovereignty of indigenous cultures. The roots of the mass migrations we see around the world today derive from decades of control and greed on the part of powerful governments and corporations. 

The digital film I am currently producing stems from drawings and paintings I have made of the Puerto Rican diaspora in New York. This investigation raised the question of why my grandparents migrated from Puerto Rico.

The film Brújula addresses the plight of Puerto Rico, and how U.S. colonization has undermined the sovereignty of its people and culture. It tackles topical concerns embedded in the lineage of its storytellers with the intent to communicate injustices that have undermined an exploited and fragmented nation.