The municipality of Medellin, Colombia presented an art project called “Heroes Without Borders “, an initiative consisting of 23 photographs placed in different facades and roofs of the Medellin houses to prevent recruitment of children by illegal groups, which is very common in this area.
The idea was inspired by French photographer and activist JR, who did similar work in other cities, like Rio de Janeiro, where several facades in the favela Morro de Providencia were covered with faces of black and white women. In Colombia, the idea was coined by photographer Felipe Meza, who has lived in this community for several months and has managed to portray “the life story of the good people of the neighborhood, which is a model and example of life for children and youth”. The photographs will be on display for next six months.
Photography by Albeiro Lopera for Reuters.