Photographer's Note

Bogotá - Todos contamos

In Bogotá I joined a graffiti tour. If you like to know where you can book a graffiti tour guided by street artists or people involved in the urban art scene of Colombia’s capital, simply google ‘Bogotá graffiti tour’ and you will find out exactly where and at what time you can meet for the tour.

Twice a day there’s a tour led in English. At the end, you pay what you think it was worth and I believe it certainly pays to make such a tour.

Of course you can find lots of street art in La Candelaria by yourself. But it is more interesting to get extra details on the works.

Both pictures I show here are found just outside the historic and touristic center of Bogotá and they have a social and political meaning. I was told that political graffiti in La Candelaria will be removed as quickly as possible. Not intended to be seen by foreign visitors.
The street art on the pictures here can be seen in the district Las Aguas, close to the Parque de Los Periodistas.

As for the main picture:
Apart from the violence committed by the army, paramilitaries and various rebel groups, there is a big social inequality between the inhabitants of Colombia. This is certainly not only the case in this country but actually a problem around the world. We often hear in the news that just about anywhere in the world the rich get richer and the poor even poorer.
The picture here shows that the poor Colombian bears the burden of the rich on his shoulders.

The picture in the workshop ‘Todos contamos’ (‘All of us counts’) refers to the elections.
Elections may be organised in a country and then that country seems to be democratic … but it’s not always possible for everyone to cast his vote.
People who live in rural areas of Colombia sometimes live too far away from the polling stations.

The outcome of elections doesn’t always give an accurate picture of what the whole population wants.

BTW, I'm not specifically talking about the last referendum. My pictures were taken in July, just over two months before the referendum. But also in this case, this is an argument.

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