Relative Expressions – Episode 1
Todo Es Temporal – Medellin, Colombia
TODO ES TEMPORAL is an all access pass into the current state of affairs of the city of Medellin, Colombia as told by relevant local characters and thus, those responsible for expressing their reality. This raw and minimalistic piece provides hope for those that find themselves in places where their current situation seems insuperable.
In December 2016 thru January 2017 I travelled to the city of Medellin, Colombia with the intent to meet artists and through their words educate myself regarding their current state of affairs. I wanted to see for myself how Medellin has overcome their violent past and investigate what role, if any, the artists played to manifest the rebirth of their city.
With the help of a local, Manuel T. Contreras, I was able to achieve and experience more than I ever imagined. I was able to spend time with many artists but most importantly they were from different generations as well as diverse disciplines.
Through a series of unfortunate events, I lost almost all my gear. But the external hard drives survived. The project continued thanks to the support of the network that had built around me. At the time it was too much for me to endure alone.
Catracholandia – The Movie
CATRACHOLANDIA is an intimate, raw, and emotional documentary following an immigrant artist returning to his country of origin, Honduras, to paint murals for orphanages. This minimalistic road trip takes us to a land ruled by greedy cartels where most children are left with only three options: join, migrate, or die.
In march of 2016 I travelled to my country of origin with the intent to paint murals in various orphanages in Honduras. Basically I wanted to bring a little bit of joy to the children even if it was just for a couple of days.
Going into the project I was unable to establish contact with any orphanages by email so I was not very confident that it would work but I was very hopeful that visiting the locations in person would make a difference.
The expedition was an absolute success because I was able to paint at 3 locations spread out throughout the country. I normally capture video and photography of my art projects but something else happened on this trip. As always I started to get to know the people and as always they were very trusting of me and began to share their personal stories.
Because I had enough gear I decided to capture and record interviews of anyone and everyone that would talk to me. As the idea developed I started to realize that it was now imperative for me to see this through and to express it to the largest audience possible.
The documentary film is entitled Catracholandia because the people of Honduras are known as Catrachos and our country has been known as one of pure natural beauty.