Following on from his trip to New Zealand late last year, during which he spent time immersed in the culture – heritage of local Maori people, our friend Fin DAC has spent the first few months of this year searching out new and unusual projects to give his work new purpose and direction.
He has just returned from what he described as ‘an inspiring, cultural project’ in one of his favourite places Cartagena, Colombia.
Teaming up with his old friends This is Cartagena, he undertook an ambitious project to find an authentic ‘Face of Cartagena’ by reaching out to locals, through social media channels, and asking them to submit personal photos: the idea being to find an indigenous person that represented the mix of ethnicities and cultures in the cultural coastal hotspot.
The Irish artist presented a canvas work of the winner, Ana Luisa Muñoz, to the Museo Histórico Cartagena de Indias, which will become a permanent part of their collection. He then set about painting a large mural, featuring the winner, on the facade of Quintal Distrito Gourmet in the Getsemani neighbourhood where he has painted a number of times over the last few years.
‘Las Tres Guerreras’ is the end result: a vibrant and powerful depiction of Cartagenan indigene that looks out over the walls of the old city.