Monday, 27 April 2009
My trip had a 'thread of gold' running through it, from Cartagena, the former treasury of Colonial Spain, to Bogotá with its magnificent Gold Museum, Villa de Leiva & surrounds, home to the legend of 'El Dorado' and the Muisca Indians, and Medellin, where the offices of Oro Verde are based. Finally to Chocó, to visit the Oro Verde gold mines.
I have posted images of my trip on Flickr, and whilst writing this blog, I will highlight some of the images and the story behind them. I will also write about the creation of the piece of jewellery that is being made for the exhibition and update on the progress of the painting. It will be a tale of Colombia and my search for a beautiful, ethical piece of jewellery..
Here is a link to my images of Colombia on Flickr. © Tanya Bowd
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Cordaid is a Dutch international development organisation structured around four programmes: Participation, Emergency Aid and Reconstruction, Health and Well-being and Entreprenuership.
CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, working with communities in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, supporting people to find their own solutions to poverty. The agency works with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality, acting on principles of compassion, solidarity, stewardship and hope.
In 2008 CAFOD toured a photographic exhibition called 'Pure Gold?' which revealed a less than glamorous side to gold. It highlighted mining activities in three continents that have contibuted to a cycle of poverty and violence, where water supplies have been poisoned, and the environment and culture of people have been destroyed.
The exhibition Green Gold concentrates on the positive aspects of responsible, small-scale mining. By profiling the Oro Verde programme in Colombia, the exhibition serves to highlight the social and environmental benefits that responsible mining brings, and its application as a model for other small-scale mines around the world to adopt.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
In London, The Candescent Project exhibition Green Gold is featured alongside events and exhibitions at various venues including the Barbican Centre, Natural History Museum and Cape Farewell.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
A Trompe l'oeil painting by Francis for Chelsea Farmers Market
Trompe l'oeil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three-dimensions, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
With funding from Cordaid and CAFOD, The Candescent Project sponsored jeweller Stacey Whale to visit Colombia in March to assist with the development and research process of the jewellery for the exhibition. Together we visited the Gold Museum in Bogotá and the artistic community of Villa de Leiva.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
A part of the population in Chocó are comprised of the Indigenous Native Indians called the Embera. The Embera are Colombia's third largest indigenous group with an estimated population of around 71,000. Mainly hunters and gatherers, they are a nomadic people found in different regions of the country although half of the population resides in Chocó. The Embera are also being displaced by the armed conflict.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
There are an estimated 11,000 plant species found in this hotspot, about 2,750 (25 percent) of which are endemic. Of these 5,000 are found in the Colombian Chocó. Endemic birds comprise more than 100 species. The hotspot includes a wide variety of habitats, ranging from mangroves, beaches, rocky shorelines, and coastal wilderness to some of the world's wettest rain forests.
The major threat to this region is deforestation, with the industrial production of African palm oil, uncontrolled gold mining and illegal growing of coca adding to the list of causes of deforestation.
Aerial view of Chocó as seen from my Satena flight to Quibdo
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
The Chocó biogeographic region, which has been recognized internationally as one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, stretches along the Northwestern edge of South America from Southern Panama to Northwestern Ecuador.
Monday, 13 April 2009