Over the past decade, the city of Medellin has undergone a profound transformation. Thanks to highly innovative urban planning initiatives, Medellin is shedding its notorious image as one of the world's most dangerous cities, instead becoming a cultural center and tourist friendly destination where international visitors come to study the miracle of its urban renewal. Yet most of Medellin and its people remain haunted by the country’s cycles of drug-fueled economics, conflict, and poverty.
This series of photographs presents vistas of Medellin’s cityscapes and portraits of its citizens, alongside their thoughts on the city, their country, and its place in a globalized world.
This project was realized during two artist residencies at Casa Tres Patios in 2009 and 2010, and two subsequent visits in 2011 and 2012.
Corine Vermeulen is a Dutch photographer who settled in Detroit in early 2006. A winner of the 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowships, she recently compl two long-term projects: ‘Your Town Tomorrow’ (2007- 2012) which documents Detroit’s shiftingocial and geographic ecologies, and ‘Medellin’ (2009- 2012) which explores present-day conditions in the city of Medellin, Colombia.
Corine received a BFA from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Cum Laude) in 2001. She went on to obtain an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (2004) as a recipient of a full scholarship from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Her photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, most recently at Lauba Contemporary Art Space in Zagreb, Croatia and in The New York Times.
The Other Camera, curated by Paul Weinberg, Senior Curator of Visual Archives at University of Capetown Libraries, highlights the prevalence of the self-sustaining subculture of street photography and comprises selected work from this genre.
Chris Hyndman is a painter born in London, Ontario. He recently moved his studio to Chicago, where he spends much of his time when he is not teaching. Chris has been teaching at Eastern Michigan University since 2001. In 2008, he was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.