Sebastián Meltz-Collazo: Lit Riot Press Multidisciplinary Artist
Sebastián Meltz-Collazo is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He works through observation & investigation to create original images, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Ithaca College with a focus on the intersection of writing and photography. Through projects he explores notions of place & identity, analyzing their atmospheres, narratives, and embedded vocabularies as evident texts of societies. He is interested in creating new and original visual experiences creating interactions between historical and personal narratives with the purpose of raising questions about visual culture, representation, and curatorial practices. His forthcoming book El Golpe del Río (The Coup of the River) will be published by Lit Riot Press in 2017.
El Golpe del Río (The Coup of the River)
The coup of the river is known as the moment in which heavy rainfall turns a stream into an overwhelming body of water, violently washing away everything in its path as it rushes down the current. Taking into consideration this natural occurrence and the cultural/political status of Puerto Rico, Sebastián Meltz-Collazo studies these concepts as analogous structures evoked through the city of Ponce. Interconnecting photographs and memoirs, this book explores evidence and past experiences as results of varying yet synonymous episodes in the island’s stream, culminating into a singular, chaotic event through time, “El Golpe del Río”.