Lecture by Juan Manuel Echavarria, given at Florida International University, March 7, 2012

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Juan Manuel Echavarria discusses his exhibition which includes 24 paintings created by men and women who participated in Colombia’s war. All 35 participants were rank and file soldiers demobilized either under the Ley de Justicia y Paz (Justice and Peace Law), or because they deserted or were wounded in combat. They spent two years painting their personal experiences, illustrating the rural tragedy; witnessing the involvement of drug traffickers, capturing the painful repertoire of violence in Colombia, which for years has played out alongside daily life, blending in with normality.

Introduction by Carol Damien.

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Juan Manuel Echavarria is a Latin American artist from Colombia. He resides in Bogotá. A writer before becoming an artist, he published two novels, La gran catarata (Bogotá: Editorial Arco, 1981) and Moros en la costa (Bogotá: Ancora Editores, 1991). As of 2015 Echavarría has presented over thirty solo exhibitions and participated in well over a hundred group exhibitions, screenings and film festivals. His first solo gallery exhibition was in New York in 1998.

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Steven and Dorothea Green Critics' Lecture Series



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