Five Barrios, Five Children, Five Cameras. The Invisible Cartagena revealed.
Boston, San Francisco, Santa Rita, Loma Fresca and El Toril.
These are just a few of the barrios in Cartagena that lie outside of the beautiful historic centre. These barrios are never featured in travel magazines. Their residents never see sun-seeking tourists on their streets. And the children who live there have never been given a voice…until now.
Fundación Afrocaribe runs literacy programs in its 4 libraries in the most vulnerable neighbourhoods in Cartagena, offering children a way out of a potential life of gangs and teenage pregnancy. For more information visit www.fundacionafrocaribe.org ,
'Mi Barrio' is a Photovoice project by Fundación Afrocaribe based in the tourist mecca of Cartagena, Colombia. With its picture perfect city centre and Caribbean beaches, many tourists never see the dirt roads, corregated iron shacks and rubbish piles that make up the majority of a city where an estimated 60% of the population live below the poverty line.
Fundación Afrocaribe’s photo-voice project gives 5 children from 5 of the poorest barrios the opportunity to show us their Cartagena. Through their eyes we see intimate snapshots of their everyday lives - environment, families, friends and childhood games. In the accompanying documentary we meet the families of our photographers and listen to them speak about their hopes and dreams for the future.
The opening night and exhibition in Cartagena will be the global launch of the Photovoice project and documentary. Not only will it give these young photographers the platform they deserve within their own city, it will also be an important opportunity for Fundación Afrocaribe to showcase their incredible work to the local population in Cartagena.
The exhibition opens with a special evening of entertainment, including the world premiere of the accompanying documentary, ‘Mi Barrio’ at 7pm at the iconic San Pedro Claver church in the historic centre of Cartagena. Entry to the event is in exchange for a donation to the foundation’s work. The ongoing exhibition runs from 18th June to 18th August 2014.