Examples of My Work – Spanish

Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

While interning at Ribbon and Bows Oh My, I translated various blog posts into Spanish. Below are links to several posts:

La identidad, la experiencia de ser hijo de inmigrantes, y la salud mental – Podcast Final para Latinx en los Estados Unidos (Span 4030)

Stories for the Latin American News Digest:

Calls to Help Lines Increase After the Suicide of Morro García

Society El País of Montevideo

The suicide of soccer play Santiago “Morro” García shook the sports world after it was announced last Saturday at noon.

Tomer Urwicz noted in El País of Montevideo that calls to Línea Vida, an anti-suicide hotline, doubled following the announcement. Línea Vida received 72 calls over the weekend, but this is not necessarily a negative development.

Sociologist Victor Hugo González said, “Given the announcement of the suicide of a figure, there may be an increase in calls for help. It is due to a greater diffusion of channels of communication.”

Simply put, every July 17, National Suicide Prevention day, the number of calls grows because the Life Line number is advertised. Furthermore, every time a workshop is held in a locality, and the Life Line number is broadcast, calls in those towns go up too.

After the announcment of García’s death, Wanchope Ábila, a Boca soccer player, captioned an Instagram post: “They forgot Santiago, sorry phenomenon.” Ábila lost his brother to suicide, saying in a telivision interview, “The pandemic took my brother from me. I had the bad luck that he took his life in my house because of a depression that we never knew he had.”

The signs aren’t always a call to a suicide hotline. “When an older adult begins to sort the papers in his house, when he tells his children that everything is settled, that the funeral home is paid, perhaps he is giving a sign. The same thing when someone who is suffering from an illness says ‘I can’t take this life anymore,” González explained.

This begs the question, is there a contagion effect? A professor in Psychiatry, Cristina Larrobla, asserts, “Any news of death, suicide or war, especially when it involves a famous person, can cause an effect.” That effect, she goes on to say, “will be determined by the personality of each person, by their reaction to the news and the tools available in their situation.”

The Death of 30 Condors Sparks Outrage in Bolivia

Environment El Espectador of Bogotá

The death of about thirty condors in southern Bolivia triggered an investigation on Sunday to find the one responsible. Authorities believe the deaths were caused by poisoning.

El Espectador of Bogotá noted that images began to circulate on social media showing dozens of lifeless birds in a ravine in the municipality of Tarija. The images sparked outrage, and authorities stated that they considered the situation to be “extremely serious.”

It is an event of “extremely high severity, essentially because it is a bird in danger of extinction.” Also, “they are very symbolic birds” for the region and for the country, said Carlos Baldivieso the Municipal Secretary for the Environment of Tarija. The condor is considered the national symbol of Bolivia, as reflected in its coat of arms.

Baldivieso explained that the event is unprecedented, and that the municipality is know for its “Valley of Condors.” This poisoning leaves a huge negative impact on the sites where these scavenging birds live.

The Tarija Urban Biopark announced that the investigation will be carried out where the event was recorded and that the poisoning is presumed to have been carried out by residents of the area.

Renowned animal rights activists requested, “that soon the perpetrators of this event be found, and the full weight of the law falls on them.” A law enforced in Bolivia since 2015 establishes that biocide is a crime subject to a penalty of two to five years in prison.

Launch of an Association of Art Galleries in Latin America

La Nación of Buenos Aires

Multiple art galleries from both North and South America came together on February 4, 2021 to launch an association of art galleries in Latin America entitled “Art Focus Latin America.”

Celina Chatruc of La Nación of Buenos Aires noted that the galleries involved include: RoFa Projects of the United States, Pabellón 4 of Argentina, Del Paseo of Uruguay, Zipper Gallery of Brazil, Policroma of Colombia and Km0. 2 of Puerto Rico.

Gabriela Rosso, director of RoFa Projects, stated, “The pandemic taught us that we have to be a collective.” His Argentine colleague, Néstor Zonana, director of Pabellón 4, added, “The idea is to expand communication networks.”

The following week, the Mexican gallery, Quetzalli, decided to join. “This started as an exchange of ideas, and from here on nobody stops us,” Rosso said.

The objective is to collaboratively promote the development of art from the entire American continent. To aid in the dissemination, promotion and commercialization of the works, exhibitions such as Democracia, curated by Juan Canela, will be organized.

“We will do four or five exhibitions per year, aligned with what is happening. We plan to continue with issues such as feminism, the territory and the environment,” Rosso said. “In principle, we will maintain this hybrid format, since each gallery exhibits the works of its artists

in person, and we can all show and sell those of the rest of the association’s galleries,” he went on to say.

The closure of fairs, museums and galleries caused by the pandemic began this trend of collaboration amongst institutions last year. Integrating and collaborating to improve practices and expand seems to be one of the paradigms of this new era.