video projection, 2: 41 minutes

The video’s point of departure is the political and socio-economic repercussions manipulated and imposed upon Puerto Rico for more than 40 years. As a reflection on this situation, Karlo Andrei Ibarra presents the video Aspirations, where a Puerto Rican citizen is vacuum cleaning the entrance stairway of Puerto Rico’s Capitol Building; the place where the laws of this country are revised. Aspiraciones in Spanish is a metaphor for physical cleanliness, but also for the cleansing of unsuccessful political events. In a literal English translation, however, it refers to the desire and hope of achieving something better. As a peaceful protest, the action of cleaning represents one of the concepts that keeps Puerto Ricans united as a nation, regardless of the uncertainty that currently reigns.

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