Month: September 2013

Canvassing for Colombia

Written for issue 5 of Suitcase Magazine I am extending a formal invitation to my favorite place on Earth: the place where palenqueras – dark, beautiful women clothed in colourful skirts and dresses – carry deep trays filled with fresh fruit on their head; the ancient entrance to South America that was once the object of desire of every pirate in the Caribbean; the old, walled city where vallenato is heard at all hours and a mix of sweet, delicious coconut pie, ocean and ceviche fill the air. This, my friends, is Cartagena de Indias, the most magical place in the world. In the past ten years this city of stories and legends, lust and love has become a cultural hub in Latin America. Next year, the name, Cartagena, will be ringing in your ears even more as from the 7th February until the 7th April 2014, the city will play host to the first biennial in Colombia: the International Contemporary Art Biennial Cartagena de Indias (BIACE). With the purpose of promoting contemporary domestic talent, a range of 150 to 200 local and international …