Bia Amar Nae (Where Will We Go?)

Bia Amar Nae (Where Will We Go?)

A public installation established in the indigenous Guna village of Armila, Guna Yala, Panama during a residency with La Wayaka Current in the Spring of 2019.

The installation was created as a contribution to the broader local efforts to clean and conserve the beaches of Armila, which in recent decades have come to be saturated with nonbiodegradable waste. Shoes were separated from the collected trash, organized and secured to a public fence with the permission and encouragement of the local community, designed with color arrangements and geometric patterns commonly used in the Gunas' hand-sewn molas.

The beaches of Armila serve as one of the primary global nesting grounds for the giant leatherback sea turtle - or baula; a species which has existed on the planet for tens of millions of years and is now critically endangered due to the prevalance of plastics in the ocean.