2011 Summer Studios Residency
Project Row Houses
Pobres y Ricos
Exchange # 1
I had 50 brand new 'delentales', or aprons purchased in San Miguel, El Salvador.
I gave these new aprons to 50 different women in the lowest economic strata in exchange for their old and worn one. Each apron is worth half a day's work in El Salvador, many would make them out of pillow-cases to save cost.
I then installed them in the space of the row house that was painted with a palette reminiscent of the buildings in El Salvador. In the aprons were photographs from my interaction during my stay in San Miguel, printed on brown paper envelopes.
At the opening reception donations were collected, and will be sent to San Miguel to a specific fatherless family as a compassion gift.
During the de-installation of the 'delantales', women from Houston's 3rd ward are invited to buy an apron, in which the proceeds will also go to the family in need. There are 5 aprons already claimed.
These aprons from women in El Salvador will continue to exist and live in the homes of Houston's 3rd ward families