CIslanderUS: Canary Islanders in the United States, is the work of researcher Thenesoya V. Martin De la Nuez and Photographer Anibal Martel. Together Martin De la Muez and Martel spent years researching the Canary Islander’s migration to South Louisiana. The two met with descendants still living throughout the state. With an interdisciplinary focus grounded in cultural and insular studies, documentary photography, and anthropology, this exhibition shows the faces and lives of a community on the verge of disappearance. The photographic center of this exhibition showcases a body of work that demonstrates different ways to connect history and presence.
This exhibition at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge expands upon the work compiled by Martin De la Nuez and Martel. This exhibition will feature artifacts from Los Islanos Museum in St. Bernard Parish, the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University, and maps and images from the Canary Island Society of Louisiana, these new items will delve deeper into the story of this community.