Obscura Primavera (Medellin, Colombia, 2009 - 2014)
Over the past decade, the city of Medellin has undergone a profound transformation. Thanks to highly innovative urban planning initiatives, Medellin is shedding its notorious image as one of the world's most dangerous cities, instead becoming a cultural center and tourist friendly destination where international visitors come to study the miracle of its urban renewal. Yet most of Medellin and its people remain haunted by the country’s cycles of drug-fueled economics, conflict, and poverty.
This series of photographs presents vistas of Medellin’s cityscapes and portraits of its citizens, alongside their thoughts on the city, their country, and its place in a globalized world.
Obscura Primavera was created during multiple visits to the city and artist residencies at Casa Tres Patios from 2009 to 2012. The project culminated in 2014 with a self-published book produced in Medellin, utilizing the Detroit Mini Assembly Line collaborative process. The Detroit Mini Assembly Line employs local labor and manufacturing tools to produce limited edition publications. Members of the Medellin community, including a group of art students, became part of the process and were invited to participate in book binding workshops and the onsite production of the publication. View a video of the process.