In my photographs I explore the landscape within the context of the historical,
political, and economic processes that shape Panama. The images help me understand
the complexities of development by documenting the modernizing city, one overwhelmed
with fast food restaurants, Hollywood
films, and shopping malls. While some perceive these fashions as assets of the twenty first century, others view them as threats of American homogenization. Regardless, development and progress are measured in financial terms making it necessary to step back and evaluate the effects of
unfettered economic growth. In a country where riches have already physically split the landscape in half, these global trends only further polarize its people.
Lorena Endara was born in Panama
City, Panama and is a Panamaniian citizen. She is currently based out of New
York City. She is available for editorial assignments.