This project arises a year after the Cinchona earthquake, in the areas of Vara Blanca and Los Cartagos de Heredia (both near the epicenter). It seeks to explore the re-construction of everyday life a year after the earth had shaken their realities.

During two months I visited and accompanied 5 families in their daily living. During this process, it was possible to understand that the earthquake had clearly marked a before and after in the experiential times of these people. However, this was not only because it had created new vulnerabilities and uncertainties, but mainly, because it had come to evidence those already existing before the disaster.


Therefore, the normalization of the daily life of these people was marked by this friction between two realities: between the before and after the event. Between the daily challenges that came from before, and the new fissures left by the earthquake.

This essay explores the everyday circumstances in which these people were at that time, their relationship with a fragmented landscape, and the objects of their life that materialized their experiences. But above all, the project seeks to highlight the admirable resilience of these families, who re-built their daily lives in the midst of friction.

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Photos- Alessandra Baltodano

Year - 2010

Location - Costa Rica

Text - Alessandra Baltodano

Según las creencias Bribri, en el cuerpo habitan dos almas: la del ojo derecho y la del izquierdo. Al morir, Wikol, el alma del ojo derecho, viaja hasta el inframundo. Wimblu, el alma del ojo izquierdo, permanece entre los huesos rondando el mundo de los vivos.  


According to Bribri beliefs, two souls inhabit the body: the right eye soul and the left eye soul. At death, Wikol, the right eye soul, travels to the underworld. Wimblu, the soul of the left eye, remains among the bones prowling the world of the living.