ADAL’s Puerto Ricans Underwater: A Biting Metaphor for an Island Drowning in Debt?

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Jhoni Jackson (Remezcla) writes about ADAL’s “Puerto Ricans Underwater” series, saying that the “Powerful Photo Series ‘Puerto Ricans Underwater’ is a Biting Metaphor for an Island Drowning in Debt.” Jackson writes:

Being underwater in a confined space, unable to breathe, triggers an instinctual alarm—it’s uncomfortably close to actually drowning. For celebrated Puerto Rican photographer Adál Maldonado, it’s also a biting metaphor for the state of the island today.

In his new series, Puerto Ricans Underwater, Adál presents Boricuas of varying ages, lifestyles and occupations, each of them submerged in a tub, their bodies restricted by its size and their faces obscured beneath the bathwater. The resulting images are subtly eerie and chill-inducing; they evoke the shock and burn of accidentally inhaling water. [. . .]

For full article and photo gallery, see http://remezcla.com/features/culture/puerto-ricans-underwater-photos-adal-maldonado/

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