Volver is a project featuring large scale photographs, and sculptures addressing the violent history of El Salvador and the mystery surrounding the death of the artist’s father in 1993. The interdisciplinary installation and exhibition focuses on historical moments of the period within political turmoil and personal tragedy. Pender works the mystery and dangers that still continue to plague the lives today of fellow Salvadorans who still face the dangers of oligarchy, war, inequality of wealth and corruption which follows.
The project will mainly focus on a personal story, which can be paired with events in Penders’s life and the history of El Salvador. Houston is a city filled with immigrants from Central America and many more countries around the world. This narrative is not exclusive to El Salvador. This is the experience the artist is familiar with, and it may speak to many people who are part of the Central American diaspora, but will not be limited to this group. As this project is an investigation based on the death of my father, it will touch on intersectionality. Making reference to historic events such as the civil war in El Salvador and involvement the US has had in many political issues there, and the manners in which this affects people today Volver brings together a more precise image of a scarred history we all share. Through installation, photography, and sculpture Penders uses cues from the past to build a more comprehensive investigation in injustice and torn equality. Volver becomes an ongoing essay into war, death, warp, political intervention, and those seeking asylum.