How about art as a weapon against violence? This form of expression was used in seven different schools around Colombia, to say no to the different ways of violence that surround them on their daily basis.
This method of non-violence is a technique that wages a conflict without violence, by taking actions that respond to a problem with protest and persuasion in order to bring change. This technique of choosing art as a weapon of peace was used by Centro Colombo Americano with the support of Give To Colombia.
Led by artist John “Jahni” Moore, Antioquia University’s plastic art students and Centro Colombo studied the communities and in this way violence was turned into images as a pacific but powerful response to injustice and inequality.
Even though the most common way to understand violence is as physical aggression, the truth is there are various ways in which violence can be presented: emotional, domestic, psychologic, racism, structural, religious, among many others. Each of the seven communities chose one of these types, and inspired by their rejection towards violence, art was created.
The result was possible thanks to a whole month of arduous work by young students and their instructors, college artists and John ‘Jahni’ Moore. All of them: a voice of hope to the culture of peace.
In a country like Colombia, a non-violent response to the problem signifies a path to achieve the so desired peace. Even more important is spreading this pacific way of fighting to the young, who at the end are the country’s future. In words said by Moore, “violence leads to greatest violence”, let’s work on the right direction of peace.