Christian Poveda knows America very well, for having spent 10 years of his life covering major events and schock moments in the country (from 1978 to 1988). Behind his lens, he watched and photographed a continent Latin America – scared by a period of troubles and by ten years of revolutionary politics where guerrilla warfare, coup d’État, dictatorships, repressions, massacres, were a part of daily life.
A witness to most conflicts in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia or Nicaragua; Christian Poveda narrates America. Not the American dream but an unruly and stormy land ruled by corruption and dictatorship. And Poveda’s America is not all flowery and happy, but rather he gives us a violent and disturbing image of the continent, enriched by testimonies and individual stories. It is the reality, the hard one, that he has captured and illustrated in a eloquent and true way, without any artifice or censorship.