Photo exposition documents diversity in southern Caribbean

Central Valley residents can get a sneak preview of a major photo exposition that is exploring the ethnic diversity of the southern Caribbean.

The exposition, some 30 photo portraits taken by Lucas Iturriza, will be at the Espacio Carmen Naranjo, in the old Estación al Atlántico on Avenida 3 Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The project has a number of sponsors, including the Cámara de Turismo y Comercio del Caribe Sur and the Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población of the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Also supporting the work is the Colegio de Costa Rica, the promotional arm of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

The southern Caribbean probably has the most diverse ethnic mixture of any place in the country. The original inhabitants are the BriBri and the Cabécar,

There are those of Asian descent, blacks whose ancestors came in the 19th century, the more recent Gringo and European residents and any mixture of any and all of these groups.

The “Somos Caribe Sur” exposition is part of the larger “Somos Todos Costa Rica.”

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