field trip into the centre…

click here for the official blog for our workshop moravia video lab – in spanish and not mine for a change!

So we decide to take the girls out of Moravia and into the centre of Medellin. The centre is not the safest of areas but it does have a lot of shops and good museums, so armed with a few discreet pocket video cameras we go with 10 of the girls, the youngest of whom is 12 so it’s a big responsibility…

Actually it’s very cool, some of the girls have never taken the metro before nor been to a museum. They really enjoy the Museo de Antioquia and go crazy with the video cameras, filming and describing what what they like and why…


The theme of our whole workshop is to touch upon the position the female in the society where the girls live. Its not so easy for them, females here are sexualised from a very young age…i know this goes on everywhere but here it is particularly acute…

So we are in the Museo de Antioquia which has a huge collection of the Colombian grand master Fernando Botero. I hate how he treats the female form…always decorative with huge breasts and bums…mainly naked, often with child…yawn. However i love some of his paintings…he is a new discovery for me, though hugely famous in South America…

I LOVE this…Velazquez 1997 by Fernando Botero

Pablo Escobar dead, 2006 by Fernando Botero

Hmm – Escobar dead, the deification begins (Medellin was his town) – his figure in large scale (like part religious figures, his wounds like those of St Sebastian…the woman gazing up from below, looks like she is praying??? hmmmm…

the girls look so nice in front of a victorian photographers backdrop that i ask them all to pose for me…

I only take my camera out inside the museum…no way outside…the centre is frenetic, tense and more than a little crazy…we made the mistake of going back there by ourselves the following Sunday…BIG mistake as it is much quieter which means than me and Rosa (with whom i collaborate) really stand out, and there are WAY more scary people…if a street is quiet, generally you don’t walk down it…won’t do that again…

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4 responses to “field trip into the centre…

  1. so much in this, nice post

  2. thanks A, don’t have nearly enough time or space to cram in everything that is going on right now!

  3. Though I’m latinamerican (peruvian) I also found Medellin streets some kind of scary, and it is not that Lima be a quiet city.. but I couldn´t get that out of my mind when walking by Botero square. Btw, I found your blog really interesting, and I am quoting a bit of it here: http://www.arellanojuan.com/el-puente_lab-y-el-barrio-moravia-medellin/ Gracias!

    • gracias Juan. Sorry i only just came across your comment. Yes, it’s a very strange dynamic in Medellin, so strange for the busy centre to be so tense, and with all these public and cultural sites. In the end we were fine, but maybe we were lucky. In the end i found the “problematic” barrio of Moravia where we were working to be a much more pleasant place to be with open, friendly and generous people. Thanks for the comment and the mention. Hope to return to Medellin in the new year to carry on the project.

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