LATIDOAMÉRICA // Javier Arcenillas
02/05/17 – 28/05/17
SALA OBERTA. CENTRE CULTURAL LA NAU
FRIDAY MAY 5TH – 17:30H.
CONFERENCE CONFERENCIA JAVIER ARCENILLAS.
Aula Magna Centre Cultural La Nau
Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world with more than 6,000 violent deaths a year. Robberies and murders are present in daily life, fueled by ineffective domestic politics, uncontrollable drug trafficking into the United States, conflict in Maras neighborhoods, or control of the Zetas border.
The Violence Observatory of the National University of Honduras estimates that in 2016 there were 14 homicides a day without being at war. But the problem is not new. In 2005, 4,485 people died of violence. Only seven years later, the number had doubled, reaching 10,411 violent deaths. By 2014, the WHO ranked Honduras as the most violent country without war, with the highest homicide rate in the Americas.
Violence in Honduras is rooted in hunger. Training youths and children to use them as hitmen is usual, attracted by the ease of making quick money. This process makes the children of the poorest strata of society into precursors of death. 72.8% of the victims are between 15 and 39 years old.
Javier Arcenillas has worked in Honduras for five years to reach the front line of violence. His work carries out a social portrait of the consequences, goes into the places of death, in the families, the police system and the life of the assassins.
In 2016 PhotOn Festival joins the Festival della Fotografia Etica to create a promotional prize for Spanish photojournalists. Javier Arcenillas was the deserved winner of this award with his project LatidoAmérica. Which led him to exhibit in Lodi (Italy) and now in Photon Festival.