• Heritage
  • New Orleans
  • Thu, Dec 20, 2018 —
    Sun, Jun 02, 2019

This exhibition focuses on the legacy of the descendants of Canary Islanders in Lousiana, a unique Spanish community in the United States.

Photographer Aníbal Martel and researcher Thenesoya V. Martín De la Nuez are the Canarian co-creators of CISLANDERUS, a four-year long cultural and artistic project dedicated to the Canary Islanders community in Louisiana, the living legacy of the 18-Century Canarian immigration to New Orleans. Through over one hundred interviews and an unprecedented photographic archive, their work aims to make visible a forgotten chapter of our Spanish-American history.

With an eminently interdisciplinary focus grounded in a combination of cultural and insular studies, documentary photography, and anthropology, this exhibition —just a part of the total project— shows the faces and lives of a community on the verge of disappearance. This photographic corpus showcases a body of work that informs the entangle nature of affects and objectivity, as well as the different ways to connect history and presence.


Venue map

The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130


More information

Louisiana State Museum


Presented by the Louisiana State Museum in collaboration with Cabildo de Gran Canaria and Friends of the Cabildo. Image by Aníbal Martel



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