Fotografía y Política. La lucha por la democracia en Panamá

Pérez, M. 2021, Fotografía y Política. La lucha por la democracia en Panamá, virtual exhibition catalogue | 2021, enhanced rE-print, EdiXion, Milan.

The photographs that make up this project reconstruct the events that took place after the signing of the Torrijos-Carter treaties, which guaranteed the return of control of the Canal to the country. Color photos and the severe black and white of the news photos bring to light the presidential campaign of 1984, the mass demonstrations after the death of Hugo Spadafora in 1985, the civil protests of 1987, 1988 and 1989, the return of the exiles, the repression of the riot police, the presidential campaign of 1989 and the American invasion of December 20th of the same year.

In 2013, photographer Marcos Guerra, in charge of documenting Ricardo Arias Calderón’s political campaigns, donated about seven thousand negatives to Ricardo and Teresita Yaniz de Arias, documenting the first political campaigns in 1984 and 1989, after the military coup of 1968. Other photographs that are part of the project come from the personal archives of some photographers of the time and from various public and private collections, which the owners have kept for several decades, thus preserving the historical memory of the country.