Concrete Dismissal

ELLE ALCONCEL


Concrete Dismissal exposes the lives of people in the Dominican Republic displaced by their government to a barrio known as Hainamosa to make room for an oversized concrete shrine. This exhibit reveals the continued consequence of colonialism and appalling urban planning. This memorial commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus into the Dominican Republic with no compensation to the residents for forced relocation. What makes this story unique is the soul and spirit of the children and youth who now inhabit the Hainamosa complex. Their dissent and love for their island is what shines through in the photographs. All proceeds from the sales of the photographs will be donated to an education fund for these children.