18 Sep Photos of The First Mural Art Project in Colombia
Indigenous Mural Art by the Misak Misak in Bogota
As They Pass By – Walls of Connection
The Jimmy Nelson Foundation and MasterPeace bundled their forces in an exciting mural art project this summer, which takes place throughout several Latino-American cities. Together with the indigenous Misak Misak community in Colombia and local artist Jorge Lewis, the first wall was created in Bogota this August. See here the pictures for the result!
The Misak Misak are originally from the Cauca region and represent 1,5% of the indigenous people in Colombia. The word Misak means “mother of the woods” and they are called “the sons of the water” (which is reflected in their blue traditional cape). The creation of the mural took place in Fontibón, as well as several workshops organised it. Fontibón is a part of Bogotá where many people form the Misak Misak community live today. The mural in Fontibón shows a boy and a girl, respecting the duality and presence of man and woman. In the middle there is a spiral form is painted, referring to the union of two lagoons, where the first generation of Misak Misak arose.
In the same week as the mural was build, there was also a Peace Talk held in the Museo Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, themed: “What is the role of art in empowering indigenous communities?’
Representatives of the Misak and Emberá community, as well as cultural organisations MasterPeace Colombia, Bajo Control – Agencia Cultural and FairTunes Bogotá shared their experience of art as a tool to empower indigenous communities. Jimmy Nelson, initiator of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation, couldn’t be there in person, but send a personal message to everyone at the event.
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