The editorial categories are research topics that have guided researchers during the recovery phase and continue to be the impetus behind the Documents Project’s digital archive and the Critical Documents book series. Developed by the project’s Editorial Board, each of the teams analyzed this framework and adapted it to their local contexts in developing their research objectives and work plans during the Recovery Phase. Learn more on the Editorial Framework page.
In the exhibition, Íconos de nuestra historia [Icons of Our History], the Puerto Rican artist Domingo García presented portraits of thirteen countrymen and women. In García’s opinion, these public figures were significant in the unfolding of the Island’s history as symbols of a collective Puerto Rican past. The Puerto Rican curator living in the United States, Mari Carmen Ramírez, wrote that García undertook the urgent task of constructing visual icons in order to recover and disseminate the memory of our past. Held in 1991, this exhibition “recoge el drama visceral de quinientos años de nuestra historia” [concentrates the visceral drama of five hundred years of our history] through these images and/or icons. Ramírez explains that no homogeneous style characterizes these works; instead, there is an eclecticism in some classic paintings and others that are postmodern, and vice versa. Íconos is “una búsqueda, esencial para nuestra supervivencia colectiva” [a search that becomes the gist for our collective survival]. In addition, it is a way of recovering colonial history “del olvido, encendiendo memorias y evocando símbolos, que al presentarlos e interpretarlos nos concienticen” [from oblivion by awakening memories and evoking symbols whose appearance and interpretation will raise our awareness].