Weeping Wall series
( Nos están matando \ They are killing us )
Skins of paint collected from walls in the streets of Colombia
Graffiti vents the pain and protest of thousands of people all around the world. In Colombia it is no less so. Years of society and politics being ruptured by corruption, injustice and exploitation by the establishment have meant people take to the streets, begging for justice as a last resort. Desperation and anger are painted on the walls, expressions of frustration and rage. These are the “weeping walls” of the oppressed.
In Colombia the walls are the witnesses of massacres, kidnappings and death. The walls are witness to the grief of thousands and to the criminals and their victims walking past. I wish the walls could talk. Some of the worst cases are perpetuated by the state’s army, victims the product of a corrupt system. No justice has yet been forthcoming despite the families’ campaigns. They are not heard, so they take to painting messages on the street walls... only for their cries to be painted over by the army.
The walls cry, shout, weep with people’s pain as the paint deteriorates and peels whilst waiting for another layer to cover the previous lament. The walls carry a multitude of desperations. When the burden is too heavy, the paint falls.
This painting is made from skins of paint flaking from the protestations on the dilapidated walls along the streets of Colombia. It is a testament to the enduring grief, sorrow and pain of my broken country.