Photographer's Note

Medellín - Murals in Comuna 13

Back to Comuna 13, the barrio of Medellín where the majority of the conflict between the government and guerilla groups had taken place. In that time also 10 hip-hop artists were murdered because they tried to put an end to the violence.

Today it’s a district where both government programmes and the local commmunity are working hard to create a better future for the residents ... and art has become an instrument for the promotion of peace.

The local government has invested millions of dollars in paint for local residents and they also allowed the local artists to paint murals all over the barrio.
It’s remarkable to see that this gives many residents of Comuna 13 faith in the local politicians and that safety has improved a lot since then.

Today local artists share their passion for art with the residents. This exerts a positive influence on the disadvantaged youth.

The murals also serve as a historical record because many of them show the violent past of the city.
In the workshop you can see the elephants of Comuna 13.
You've seen the children (brother and sister) of the main picture already before in a previous workshop.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4259 W: 17 N: 9968] (41070)
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