By Martin Cortez | Photos by Percy Alban
Couple years ago I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico during my summer vacations. I can definitely agree with those people who call it “La Isla Del Encanto”. Beaches are beautiful, people are so friendly, food is amazing, and the richness of its multi color colonial architecture can take your breath away. In my opinion, all these reasons make the island a very romantic destination for tourists.
Last Thursday I had an opportunity to be introduced to another face of this beautiful island. I participated in the opening of an installation by Pablo Delano titled The Museum of the Old Colony, which is a recompilation of images and moving images of the history of Puerto Rico during the colonial oppression imposed in two different eras; the first one by Spain and second one by the U.S.
Unfortunately, the images evoke tragic and injustice suffered by the Puerto Ricans during the colonial days. I think that this knowledge brought to me very important thoughts about life and made me realize that nothing should be taken for granted. Paradoxically, the show is presented in the Spanish Center of King Juan Carlos I of Spain at the New York University. I definitely can recommend for you to visit and make your own interpretation of it. The exhibit runs until March 16. For more information please visit www.kjcc.org