Exchange: Colombia

Social Focus: Social Inclusion
Artist: Wendy Levy

Exchange: Colombia

Social Focus: Social Inclusion
Artist: Wendy Levy

Photo by Enrique Nuñez is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Barranquilla, Colombia

Wendy Levy’s “Laboratorio en las Fronteras” centers the artist’s voice in the urgent issues of the Colombian-Venezuelan border region by showcasing the power of imagination, leveraging image-making and technology to amplify narratives that can be an engine for change. Levy facilitates the development of media projects rich in personal storytelling to build relationships between artists and their communities. She imparts the values and ethics of co-creation and collaboration, the human-centered use of technology, the centering of traditionally marginalized voices and bodies, and the persistent power of story to transform, heal, and bear witness. 

In March 2020, the world went on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the program went virtual. Through a series of online workshops exploring personal narrative and documentary, interactive media, emerging technologies, social practice and public art – participants supported each other in theme-based groups, and you can explore their work in the Community Projects section below.

Community Projects

Refuge

Refuge

cuando encontramos nuestros lugares seguros,
aun seguimos en búsqueda de:
querencia, hogar, amor
//
when we find our safe places,
we are still seeking:
native land, home, love

Fragments

Fragments

nuestros pedacitos están rotos,
separados, apartados,
por un viaje más largo,
y una historia aún más largo
//
our small pieces are broken,
separated off,
from a longer journey,
and a much longer story

Movement/Stillness

Movement/Stillness

la migración puede reflejar un gesto único
de movimiento y quietud, de arte y el cuerpo
el mundo en movimiento, o completamente detenido
//
migration can reflect a single gesture
of movement and stillness,
of art and the body, the world in motion,
or at a dead stop

Blog

My Story, Many Stories

My Story, Many Stories

American Arts Incubator — Colombia, entitled “Laboratorio en las Fronteras,” brought together a group of 28 visual artists, filmmakers, creative producers, musicians, educators, and social advocates to explore migration and identity in the context of the Colombia/Venezuela border crisis. Just as I was about to begin a journey to Barranquilla to lead the lab in person, the world went on lockdown…

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Title Address Description
U.S. Embassy Bogotá — Colombia
Cra 45 #24b-27, Bogotá, Colombia
Barranquilla, Colombia
Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia

Exchange Location

Barranquilla, Colombia

Exchange Location

U.S. Embassy Bogotá — Colombia

About Our Host Partner, Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla (MAMB)

MAMB is a cultural center located in the city of Barranquilla. Inaugurated in 1994, the museum carries out activities such as festivals, urban art, educational talks, and family gatherings to promote culture and art, with an emphasis on preserving Colombian-Carribean artistic memory.

American Arts Incubator is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed in partnership with ZERO1.

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