Carole Arbenz – Árbenz Arbenz
Diploma project by Carole Arbenz
Árbenz Arbenz is a family history involving politics, propaganda and repression during a turbulent period of Guatemalan history. The project tells the story of Jacobo Árbenz, the son of a Swiss immigrant who was elected as the president of Guatemala in 1951, and was wronged and overthrown by the United Fruit Company, the US Government and the CIA. I wanted to tell this story to call attention to a period of Guatemalan history, which is often ignored. U.S. interference, civil war, oppression and corruption are some of the reasons Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America and still struggles to evolve.