Tejiendo La Paz – Weaving Peace

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Art Installation commission by Children Change Colombia and part of The New Face of Colombia exhibition

1st Nov – 19th Nov

Art Bermondsey Project Space

183-185 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW, London

 

Was born when 19 young people between the ages of 14 and 21 gave their answers to these four questions about the peace agreement in Colombia:
1. What do young people expect from the peace agreement?
2. What role should young people have in the peace agreement? What kind of support do they need from their organisation?
3. What are the needs that young people would have in your community once a peace agreement has been signed?
4. Other ideas or suggestions?

The young people that took part in this activity come from some of the most at risk communities in Colombia suffering from violence, poverty and discrimination and are being supported by Children Change Colombia and its allied partners. The activity took place in June 2016 in Cali at an event organised by Children Change Colombia’s allied partner, Fundación Si Mujer.

Inspired by the colours of the Colombian flag and especially by the colour yellow and its indigenous significance, chose the form of this “manta” (blanket), as it represents a garment very central in Colombian tradition.

By sewing each paper to the manta, I wanted to represent the long process, the patience and dedication needed to make the life-changing changes the country faces. The conflict has left many suffering, depicted by creases and imperfections in the paper, and the hand writing shows the very personal nature of the way so many people’s lives have been scarred.

The “manta” gives space to the individual voices of the children of Colombia, the future of the country – their opinions, their dreams and their wishes for the new face of Colombia.

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