The Colombia that Shanna got to know over two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer can be described in one word: vibrant. The colors are bold, the music loud, the smiles bright and
the hugs warm. This Colombia boasts abundant natural resources (Amazon rainforest, deserts, coffee farms, rivers and two oceans). This Colombia was recently featured on CNN Money for its “booming economy” and growth in the technology industry. This Colombia teems with trendy backpackers and cruisers, drawn to the colonial coast and lush interior. This Colombia, to me, is characterized by the photo at right.
But unfortunately, this Colombia has been overshadowed by a different Colombia. It’s got several decades of darkness and a reputation that hangs over the present generation. Of all the conversations Shanna had with thousands of Colombians, a constant question she received was, “what do Americans think about Colombia?” What they meant was, “do Americans think that Colombians are all drug traffickers and terrorists?”
Honestly, we hope not. But thanks to Hollywood, TV stereotypes and some mean kids in New Jersey who teased a student’s Colombian-American cousins, there is still a lot of work to do.
Though it would be impossible to define an average Colombian, we can capture real, living and dreaming people and show their reality.
This project shares snapshots of conversations and the stories of Colombia.This project aims to show the new face to the name Colombia, utilizing the hashtags #carasdecolombia and #facesofcolombia.
This is your, my, our Colombia.