The Political Management of Multiculturalism

By Marta Castillo Ramos with photos by Aníbal Martel Peña

Roland Oliva in New Bedford. Photo by Aníbal Martel Peña.

About one out of every ten Hispanics in the Boston metropolitan area is Salvadoran, according to the 2010 American Community Survey. Yet little is known on the outside about this community, just occasional references to an extraordinary restaurant that sells the Salvadoran pancakes known as pupusas or the sadder headlines about local gang activity with its origins in El Salvador.

Historically, Salvadorans arrived in the United States fleeing the civil war (1980–1992). Many others were forced to leave after the ravages of the strong earthquake in 2014. Nowadays, many of…


From El Salvador to Boston

Text by Sofía Jarrín-Thomas & photos by Aníbal Martel | ReVista at Harvard University

Mural in East Boston, Central Square Center. Photos by Aníbal Martel.

Miguel was six years old when he was forced to witness the execution of his first-grade teacher for participating in a teachers’ strike. “What I remember is that the guard turned around and pointed a G-3 to our heads and told us that if we went down that road, he would kill us too.” The image of the teacher falling on the school grounds haunts him to this day. The story of Miguel (not his real name) is one of several personal testimonies I heard during…


A menos de diez kilómetros del epicentro del capitalismo que es Wall Street, Park Slope Food Coop lleva 45 años demostrando que un súper en el que se compra a cambio de trabajo no es una utopía y además da beneficios. Se espera que este año las ventas de su única tienda en el corazón de Nueva York alcancen los 56 millones de dólares.

Texto: Cristina Rojo | Nueva York | Fotografía: Aníbal Martel para www.ballenablanca.es


How one graduate student gave a fading culture new life

Harvard University
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

BY ANDREA VOLPE
PHOTOS BY ANÍBAL MARTEL | anibalmartel.com

© Aníbal Martel | anibalmartel.com

CISLANDERUS Cultural Project: Text by Thenesoya Vidina Martín De la Nuez and Photos by Aníbal Martel

End of the Delacroix Highway, Saint Bernard, Louisiana, USA, 2014 © Aníbal Martel

The coastal wetlands of Louisiana are part of the world’s seventh-largest river delta. A study published by the United States Department of the Interior concluded that between 1932 and 2010 approximately 4,877 km2 (1,883 square miles) of coastal Louisiana disappeared under water. What is the significance of this fact, you may ask, and what connection is there between this submerged land and the descendants of people from the Canary Islands living in Louisiana today, whose photographs we present here? Both stories, of the land…

Aníbal Martel

Documentary photographer & visual journalist specializing in feature photography. Based in Durham (North Carolina, USA) → anibalmartel.com

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