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Ana Vallejo’s photography humanises Bogotá’s illegal settlements

Ana Vallejo is a Colombian photographer based in Bogotá. Her project, Entre Nubes, focuses on San Germán, a makeshift neighbourhood in a National Park on the outskirts of Bogotá, where people internally displaced from various conflicts around Colombia have settled after finding themselves unable to find housing in the capital. BristoLatino’s editor-in-chief, Helen Brown, interviewed Ana […]

Mesmerizing soundscapes at MUTEK México 2018

Bristolatino’s Literature Editor Isaac Norris attended this year’s edition of MUTEK México (19-25 Nov), an annual music festival held in the sprawling capital city. MUTEK festival is the biggest platform for innovative audiovisual experiences in Mexico. Over the past 15 years its devoted team of organizers have created an impeccable line-up year after year, always discovering unique venues […]

ART FOCUS: JUAN RULFO PHOTOGRAPHY

Juan Rulfo was one of the most important Mexican authors of the 20th century, despite publishing only three books. BristoLatino’s editor-in-chief Helen Brown looks at his lesser-known career as a photographer, documenting the people, landscape and architecture of rural Mexico and Mexico City.   Juan Rulfo was born in 1917 in Jalisco, and in the early years of […]

A lesson in chance: A conversation with sound artist Maria Chavez

Born in Lima, Peru but currently based in New York, Maria Chavez is an improvisational and experimental sound artist, turntablist, DJ and author of the book, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable. Following Chavez’s recent Bristol performance, Bristolatino’s Chloe Budd caught up with her via email. When asked beforehand what the audience could expect from her […]

Soma Difusa, ecomuralist?

Laura Ortiz is an illustrator, graphic artist and muralist painting Colombian (and universal) values onto community walls. Under the spray-name Soma Difusa, she works with a range of artists around the country and more recently, around the world. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson caught up with her via email.   Can you explain your alias, Soma Difusa, […]

German Andino’s graphic novels unmask gang violence in Honduras

Bristolatino’s Literature Editor Isaac Norris delves into the innovative comic of the Honduran artist German Andino, the first ever graphic novel in Central America.   Transformar números en barcos piratas (Transforming Numbers into Pirate Ships), by the Honduran illustrator and reporter German Andino, is the first chapter of a series titled El hábito de la […]

The WATI Collective: Supporting Indigenous Artisans of Colombia

Bristolatino Art Editor Moné Betterton had the opportunity to meet with José, one of the founders of the Wati Collective- an online business which sells a range of hand-made products made by indigenous artisans in rural Colombia.   The Wati Collective (“wati” meaning woman in Arhuac) came to life after José and his friend Jess found […]

The Cosmic Boys bring communities together with their technicolour murals

The Cosmic Boys are an artist duo who paint murals all around the world, often collaborating with local people to make bright, colourful creations that unify communities from Syria to Brazil. BristoLatino’s Social Media Editor, Helen Westlake, gives an overview of their work.   This month, Arte Core held a two day convention at the […]

Why handpoke tattoos? A short convo with Daniel Dobleu

‘Daniel Dobleu’ is an artist from Bogotá, specialising in graphic design and branding, mural painting and writing fantastic book titles. He is now a skilled handpoke tattoo artist, going by the alias sebra.handpoke. BristoLatino‘s Rebecca Wilson spoke to Daniel about his new work in handpoked tattoos.   BL: Tell us a bit about your artistic journey […]