Crafts have a significance beyond utilitarism. We have curated a selection of artifacts from Colombia, from books and baskets and masks to pottery. As days passed, we will develop this section to support our love for this country and to share how people have used their natural environment and culture to create objects and art.
We also invite you to check The Güepajé Project, a collection of photographs crafted with a true love for cultural diversity and traditions, with the humble attempt to visually preserve expressions, that one day, may be well gone. As a natural evolution of my life-long photographic project World of Dances, The Güepajé Project, pronounced wepaheh, expands its coverage with the inclusion of a detailed, yet graphically superb, documentation of the intangible representations of culture, expressed through dance, music, oral expressions and traditional attires.
After documenting the Barranquilla Carnival in February 2018, I fell in love with a Colombian popular term that was perfect to describe my folk dance series within World of Dances. Even the word “Güepajé” does not exist in the real academy of Spanish language dictionary, it is a popular interjection to show happiness in the north coast of Colombia. The singers of Cumbia and Vallenatos shout “Güepajé” to transmit good feeling or to increase the enthusiasm, and the dancers shout it that expressed joyfulness. A perfect term to describe my series.
Photo: Headdress Ornament from Yotoco (Colombia). Hammered gold from 1st-7th Century. In Precolumbian times gold ornaments such as necklaces, headdress ornaments or ear ornaments were buried with the honored dead. Photograph by Kike Calvo