Guest Post By Brian Cockman (@BCockman)
Latinos In Social Media, in conjunction with Por Colombia, is proud to sponsor the social art initiative Quilting Differences by Colombian artist Edwin Gil. This international, multicultural art project, started earlier this year, is a way to connect people of different races, colors, creeds, life experiences and backgrounds through social media. Gil’s latest series of Quilting Differences, however, focuses solely on the people of his native Colombia and how social capital is created. Specifically, it addresses how a Colombian living abroad can help Colombia build a better future or “construyendo pais.”
Gil asks a series of questions to participants, selected by Por Colombia, in which they reveal their favorite color, how they build social capital in their communities, what one color they would choose to paint a map of Colombia and other thought provoking insights. The final art piece is Gil’s interpretation of these interviews translated onto canvas. He says Quilting Differences is indicative of how cultures (including those in Colombia) can instantly be connected through the power of social media. Moreover, Gil says it is interesting to see the similarities and importance that people place on a strong support network of family, friends and community.
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