DESIGN AND VIOLENCE
Textile Project intended as a critic and PROTEST towards local Colombian (South America) ELITE and GOVERNMENT, also towards the INTERNATIONAL community involved in this ongoing CONFLICT.
The word "ojo" (=oh hoh) in Spanish means "eye". In Colombia, the expression "OJO!" is used by the general public in informal speech to say "Beware!", "Keep attentive!"
At OJO! we claim Empathy, Awareness for Colonial and Extractivist practices, Respect for Historical Memory, Peace Process, and the Truth. We claim for the will to SEE, to confront the harsh burden we all have to carry for this tragedy...
We use our design tools such as colour palette, material, and imagery to criticize the notions of TASTE that permeate all of this.
None of the pieces are for sale.
All images of own work have @copyright
OJO! (=oh hoh) is a textile PROTEST project. Dealing with Colombia´s ongoing CIVIL WAR it uses textile design tools and language to convey a critical message to the local "elite" and the international community.
During this conflict that has lasted for decades, our sight has been involved in many ways, we haven´t had the WILL to look. Looking means accepting, getting involved, becoming aware...
During Colombian ongoing protests that have been going since the anti-Peace Process government settled in 2018, many young protesters, have lost their eyes if not killed by the brutality of state armed forces in the cities.
We are protesting because we have been able to SEE...
Empathy is a powerful tool to SEE.
The expression "OJO!" regardless of being very present on our daily lives, became relevant and mainstream the day the former president well known for his brutal ways and attacks towards Peace, harangued while being held prisoner for crimes warning his followers to "Beware about the year 2022" when new elections will be held...
Multistranded creative practitioner.
Textile designer, architect, and daily activist...
Protest for others and against your "kind" even if it means sacrificing your own comfort,
...and mental health...
Jesus Abad Colorado /
Juan Manuel Echavarría / BASTA YA reports/
U.N reports / El Heraldo newspaper