Los Restos De La Revolución by Kevin Kunishi

Issue 30

In 1979, after over a decade of struggle, the socialist Sandinista movement in Nicaragua overthrew the famously corrupt dictator, Anastasio Somoza. The Sandinistas quickly began the work of applying their social and ideological values in the hopes of creating a better Nicaragua.

Unfortunately, the United States government had other plans. In the cold war environment of the 1980s, the prospect of a socialist/communist government gaining a foothold in Central America was deemed unacceptable. Under the Reagan Doctrine, the CIA began financing, arming and training a clandestine rebel insurgency to destabilize the government. These anti-Sandinista guerillas became known as the contras.

Between 1980 and 1990, Nicaragua would become the battleground of sharply conflicting political ideologies; the promise of a better future lost as the nation quickly descended into civil war. Los Restos de la Revolucion is an exploration of the aftermath of that conflict. The series of images shown here consist of portraits of former Sandinistas and their opposing Contra veterans, as well as artifacts and landscapes significant to that volatile era.

Although these two sides held extremely different political ideologies both in their foundation and practice, they are united by the burdens and costs of war that both sides continue to share. Twenty years later, as political ideologies evolve, dilute, or disappear, the remnants of war remain. Los Restos de la Revoluciòn will be published in 2012 by Daylight Books.

Kevin Kunishi is a San Francisco, CA based artist.
To view more of Kevin's work, please visit his website

  Carlos Fonseca Painting 

Carlos Fonseca Painting 

  Adilio 

Adilio 

  Mario’s Grenade 

Mario’s Grenade 

  Mario 

Mario 

  Cemetery 5km outside Quilali 

Cemetery 5km outside Quilali 

  Nelita 

Nelita 

  CIA Interrogation and Human Rights Directives  

CIA Interrogation and Human Rights Directives  

  Juan 

Juan 

  Iglesia de San Sebastian 

Iglesia de San Sebastian 

  Alfredo 

Alfredo 

  Claymore Mine Found by Two Kids While Chasing an Iguana in the Forest 

Claymore Mine Found by Two Kids While Chasing an Iguana in the Forest 

  Felipe 

Felipe 

  Julio’s Cell 

Julio’s Cell 

  Pedro 

Pedro 

  Mi-24 Helicopter Crash Site  

Mi-24 Helicopter Crash Site  

  Charillo 

Charillo 

  Jose in Cuba 

Jose in Cuba