PBM | Proyecto Boston-Medellín

About PBM

PBM is a multi-media transnational exhibition produced and hosted by students, faculty and staff at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín and Emerson College in Boston. We seek--through translingual art and research writing--to complicate the rhetorical landscape of Medellín in the global imaginary. Our exhibitions feature photographs, video, written word and interactive multi-media installations. More than 150 Emerson students in Dr. Tamera Marko's First Year Research Writing classes at Emerson College have collaborated with 11 young emerging Colombian artists in the Universidad Nacional's departments of art and architecture to host four exhibits in three cities in the Americas. The youth communicate most of the year via Facebook and video-conference to bring the art and the artists to their debut in Boston and then back to Medellín again.

This is a collaboration between the First Year Writing Program and the Office of Service Learning and Community Action at Emerson College, DukeEngage Colombia at Duke University, the Departamento de Facultad de Arquitectura, Arte y Construcción and Departamento de Extension y Investigación and its Escuela del Hábitat-CEHAP at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, MIT, el AULA in Medellín, the Alcaldía de Medellín, the Secretaria de Bienestar Social, Programa Medellín Solidaria, Agencia de Cooperación e Inversión de Medellín y el Área Metropolitana.

About the Artists

In 1991, when the United States was bombing Baghdad—when these artists were babies— their home Medellín was the most violent city in the world. They were in elementary school when bombs were exploding throughout their city. They also went about their daily lives of school, friends, birthdays, and holidays. Now they are young emerging artists and students at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. Their art seeks to understand, re-frame, remember, and reinvent themselves and their city. This is their debut in the United States.

En 1991, cuando Los Estados Unidos fue atentando Bagdad—cuando estas mujeres artistas eran bebés—su natal Medellín fue la ciudad más violenta del mundo. Estaban en la escuela primaria cuando estaban explotando bombas a lo largo de su ciudad. También pasaron sobre su vida cotidiana de la escuela, amigos, cumpleaños y fiestas. Ahora son jóvenes artistas y estudiantes de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Medellín. Su arte busca comprender, recordar y reinventarse a sí mismos y a su ciudad. Este es su debut en los Estados Unidos.

Why are we doing this?

 A note from the director, Tamera Marko

Hollywood movies, the media and the majority of academic publications tend to focus on Medellin and Colombia in terms of violence, narco- traffic, and poverty. I am an historian of youth movements in Latin America. I am director and co-founder of a bi-national historical memory project in Medellín. I have been teaching writing and community-based research projects for more than 15 years. I am the life partner and mother of a family who crosses borders with two different passports. My mission is to collaboratively channel the vast resources of U.S. and Colombian universities, art institutions, and community groups to empower bi-national human rights projects. These projects are about listening and seeing— exchanges that we hope lead to a deeper consciousness about the ways our actions affect each other, about the ways we move through the world.

2011

About the exhibit

If you type “Mujer” + “Medellín” in Google, most of the first 15 pages direct us as browsers worldwide to prostitution, mail-order brides and sex tours. In this exhibition, we seek to complicate these representations of women in Medellín by including diverse social, cultural, and physical contexts in which women build the city of Medellín.

This exhibition features photographs, video, written word and an interactive multi-media living room installation made by and about women who are Medellín’s community leaders, mothers and daughters, actors in armed conflict and peace workers in this city that has suffered successive cycles of violence.

More than 120 Emerson students in First Year Research Writing classes collaborated with PBM exhibits’ young emerging artists via Facebook and video-conference to bring the art and the artists to this exhibit.

Si tú buscas “Mujer” + “Medellín” en Google, las primeras 15 páginas se refieren en su mayoría a prostitución, esposas por correo y turismo sexual. En nuestra exposición deseamos ampliar la representación del papel de la mujer en el contexto social, cultural y físico en que ellas construyen nuestra ciudad. Nuestra exhibición incluye: fotografía, videos, palabras escritas de y sobre mujeres de Medellín: líderes comunitarias, madres y hijas, actores en el conflicto armado y constructoras de paz en una ciudad que ha sufrido sucesivos ciclos de violencia.

Esta exposición hará su lancamiento en una transmisión simultánea en vivo en dos ciudades: Boston y Medellín. Las artistas estarán en Boston para conocer y saludar al público y hablar de su arte. Las familias, colegas, profesores, miembros de la comunidad y las protagonistas en los documentales y fotografías de las artistas, así como otros artistas, académicos y habitantes de la ciudad será en el Aula Internacional de Medellín. Nosotros serámos capaces de interactuar unos con otros, en los dos exposiciones en Boston y en Medellín a través de transmisión en vivo de video conferencia.

Videos | Pedagogy | Research

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Art | Proyecto Boston Medellín

If you type “Mujer” + “Medellín” in Google, most of the first 15 pages direct us as browsers worldwide to prostitution, mail-order brides and sex tours. In this exhibition, we seek to complicate these representations of women in Medellín by including diverse social, cultural, and physical contexts in which women build the city of Medellín. This exhibition features photographs, video, written word and an interactive multi-media living room installation made by and about women who are Medellín’s community leaders, mothers and daughters, actors in armed conflict and peace workers in this city that has suffered successive cycles of violence. More than 120 Emerson students in First Year Research Writing classes collaborated with PBM exhibits’ young emerging artists via Facebook and video-conference to bring the art and the artists to this exhibit.

This exhibit will debut in a simultaneous live broadcast in two cities: Boston and Medellín. The artists will be in Boston to meet and greet the public and discuss their art. The artists’ families, colleagues, teachers, community members, and protagonists in the artists’ documentaries and photographs, as well as other artists, scholars and city residents will be at the AULA Internacional in Medellín. We will be able to interact with each other at both exhibits via live video conference broadcast.

Photos | From the Exhibition

The exhibition featured photographs, video, written word and an interactive multi-media living room installation made by and about women who are Medellín’s community leaders, mothers and daughters, actors in armed conflict and peace workers in a city that has suffered successive cycles of violence.
The Artists
Leidy Vanesa Vahos
Natalia Giraldo Giraldo
Maria Cecilia Cardona Gaviria
Tatiana Carolina de Los Rios Gaviria

2010

About the exhibit

For more than 4 decades, the most well known Boston-Medellín connection has been cocaine. We seek to create a more complicated, more accurate connection and image of Medellín: art and education as peace process. The main theme of the exhibit is “la vida cotidiana como fuerza de paz / everyday life as peace force.” We want youth to show their city in their own words and images. We do not seek to hide violence. Rather we believe that to show any city only through the lense of violence makes invisible to the world the efforts of our communities and families at everyday life as peace force. This invisibility is also a violence. It reduces Colombia and Colombians to nothing more than violence, poverty, and drugs. It makes it easy for us to fear this country, this city, “them.” Fear makes it easy for us to choose not to know. We, as citizens of our city, our country, our world, believe that we need more than just fear of each other; we need to see ways we are connected to each other. This is why we want to show you that in Medellín, violence is not the whole story. Bienvenido a Medellín.

Videos | Pedagogy | Research

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Art | Proyecto Boston Medellín

If you type “Mujer” + “Medellín” in Google, most of the first 15 pages direct us as browsers worldwide to prostitution, mail-order brides and sex tours. In this exhibition, we seek to complicate these representations of women in Medellín by including diverse social, cultural, and physical contexts in which women build the city of Medellín. This exhibition features photographs, video, written word and an interactive multi-media living room installation made by and about women who are Medellín’s community leaders, mothers and daughters, actors in armed conflict and peace workers in this city that has suffered successive cycles of violence. More than 120 Emerson students in First Year Research Writing classes collaborated with PBM exhibits’ young emerging artists via Facebook and video-conference to bring the art and the artists to this exhibit.

Photos | From the Exhibition

The exhibition featured photographs, video, written word and an interactive multi-media living room installation made by and about women who are Medellín’s community leaders, mothers and daughters, actors in armed conflict and peace workers in a city that has suffered successive cycles of violence.