About Somos Arte: The Creative Movement of El Salvador
We’re a group of Salvadoran Americans- some of us born in El Salvador and some of us in Los Angeles. Over the last year, we’ve been fortunate to have many meaningful conversations with musicians, illustrators, producers, muralists, and photographers who we admire in El Salvador. These conversations motivated us to launch Somos Arte: The Creative Movement of El Salvador.
Somos Arte is a documentary series currently in pre production focusing on the arts and music scene in San Salvador. It follows a group of creative individuals to tell a story about innovation, creativity and resilience in El Salvador.
Since the wave of Salvadorans arriving in the United States in the 1980s, very little of El Salvador’s art has been showcased in US American spaces. Salvadoran Americans are now the third largest Latino population in the United States, but for many, El Salvador only represents violence and street gang culture. Counter to this narrative, a vibrant arts and cultural scene has been developing in the capital since the end of the Salvadoran civil war, giving birth to its own unique sounds, imagery and content. Follow Somos Arte as we interview the graphic designers, producers, illustrators, muralists, and musicians of this scene and explore their histories, motivations and relationship to their art in contemporary El Salvador.
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