November 2016 – December 2017 / Of line social listener – Graphic designer support -Photographer – Passanger
In the pasts years, Colombia has been in the international spotlight due to the peace process. However, lost in the publicity of this process is the fact that many armed groups still exist in the countryside and the armed conflict is far from over for many rural communities. I traveled for two months in a typical bus called a “chiva”. On this trip, we traversed the areas most affected by the war; that very few people go because there are no roads and it takes hours to get there. We listened to survivors of the Colombian armed conflict who were developing peace processes. I thought I was going to help by creating projects, but I learned that they just need to be heard. it was also a deeply personal trip for me in which I learned about the true meaning of humility, resilience, resistance, love and forgiveness in the purest sense. These lessons were not always easy to digest, as they came from the mouths of people who lost everything, but maintained a strength and smile.
PAZabordo- La Chiva de la Paz seeks to promote spaces for meeting, dialogue, reflection and action between the countryside and the city in order to weave community networks of peace, elaborate peace narratives, and that as a country we assume ourselves as peace builders. We did it through artistic and cultural actions that make visible the histories of the territories affected by violence, construction of a support network for the post-conflict scenario, recognition of local capacities for peace, mapping of peace initiatives and projects that have arisen in these territories In each place we arrived, we applyed the methodology Building Communities of Coexistence and Peace, which articulates the different projects on board, generates dialogues of knowledge, constructive reflections and commitments.
We wanted to raise awareness as a country about the urgency of building a culture of peace, bringing the city to the countryside and promoting a collective sense that allows us to understand that peace depends on each individual. We want it to allows us to see ourselves and recognize us as resilient beings, in order to prevent future spaces of social violence, motivate new peace initiatives and strengthen guarantees of non-repetition.
Marcela Fernandez and Jorge was the Founders of this project.
Road trip map from November 7 to December 23 of 2016. We visited 58 municipalities.