Jesús Abad Colorado


Space Project
7 July – 7 September, 2018

Jesús Abad Colorado (Medellín, 1967) presents in the Project Space room a selection of photographs taken throughout his 25 years of professional career. Abad has developed a visual language that records the events of violence: the geographical and social transformations that the armed conflict has left behind. His intention has always been to show what nobody else sees; the human aspect of this war, which is reflected in the forced migrations in the jungle, in the inhabitants of forgotten populations and in the people who have returned to their homes to rebuild what no longer exists. His images reflect a hint of hope within a folk that struggles to survive. A society that desperately needs to forgive in order to continue living, which as much as the photographer, is guided by an incessant search for social justice.

Colorado is a journalist and social communicator from the Universidad de Antioquia, who currently works as an independent photojournalist, recording the various aspects of the armed conflict in Colombia. Between 1992 and 2001 he worked as a photojournalist for the newspaper El Colombiano de Medellín. From 2008 to 2013 he took part in the research of the Historical Memory Group, a work that after a series of investigations concluded in a general report entitled ¡Basta Ya! Colombia: Memorias de guerra y dignidad. He has been awarded the Simon Bolivar Prize for Journalism on three occasions (two single and one collective) and in 2006 he received the Caritas Award in Switzerland and the CPJ International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is the co-author of a series of books, such Jesús Abad Colorado: Mirar de la vida profunda (2015), Desde la prisión, realidades de las cárceles en Colombia (2006) y Relatos e Imágenes: El desplazamiento forzado en Colombia (1997). In 2018 Caracol TV produced the documentary El Testigo that shows the path traveled by the photographer, which according to him he traveled «with the people who have always lost in this country, but still do not lose hope.»



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