El Golpe Del Rio (The Coup Of The River)
El Golpe Del Rio (The Coup Of The River) by Sebastián Meltz-Collazo
El Golpe Del Río (The Coup Of The River) is a mixed-medium photography and memoir book about Puerto Rico. 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 and 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".
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"The book captures something sublime through the use of first-hand accounts and historical photography that really lets history speak for itself. That That style allows for touching moments in the small vignettes to land, giving more weight to the to the diverse array of stills from Puerto Rican life. Pick this book up." - Amazon
"Loved the book! At first the words and the pictures didn’t make sense, and it felt like I was missing something, but not enough to put the book down. The author Sebastian does a great job at bringing it all back together in the end, illustrating and telling a story I was able to enjoy and continued thinking about after putting the books down." - Amazon
About Sebastián Meltz-Collazo
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.