Bogota Street Art: Mural of a Wayuu by Carlos Trilleras

This spectacular mural is of a Wayuu –aka Wayu, Wayúu, Guajiro, Wahiro– indigenous woman by Colombian street artist and muralist Carlos Trilleras in Candelaria, Bogota‘s historical city center. Located on the narrow Calle del Embudo near the central Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo square, the mural dominates the setting. Like the Wayuu group that it represents, one that was never subjugated by the Spanish, the mural can’t and won’t be ignored.

As with the work of his compatriot Guache, there is a great sense of dignity and honor in Trilleras’s portrait, projecting a strong link to the past while also staring proudly, almost fiercely, to the future. Her eyes suggest that she’s carrying a great weight, yet she seems to bear it as if it were weightless. Making the most of the large piece’s cramped location, Trilleras’s use of line, space and color works extraordinarily well here, giving the piece, and the woman, room to breathe.

The work was among the key highlights of a Bogota Graffiti Tour I’ll be posting about next week to both introduce and kick off a six-part Bogota Street Art series. Stay tuned.

The Wayuu are from the Guajira Peninsula to the north that juts out into the Caribbean and shared by Venezuela and Colombia. With a population of about 200,000, the Wayuu form the largest indigenous group in Colombia, representing about 20 percent of the country’s total Amerindian population, according to Wikipedia. Likewise in Venezuela, where the Wayuu number some 300,000, representing just under 60 percent of the Amerindians.

Known as the people of the sun, sand and wind, the Wayuu were never entirely subjugated by the Spanish against whom they were engaged in a near-constant state of rebellion. More recently, their fate and treatment has been similar to that of other indigenous groups the world over, their problems largely ignored and their traditional lands granted to mining interests — in this case by both the Colombian and Venezuelan governments.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 735th straight, was snapped in Bogota, Colombia on 10 June 2015.


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