Many thanks to Fernndo Ramiréz of La Patria, and to the University of Caldas for the invitation to exhibit and present the work in the city of Manizales, on the walls of the prestigious public university. Many students helped to paste up the exhibit:
This picture was taken during a peace demonstration in Caloto, Cauca, organized by members of the nearby Nasa indigenous communities. The demonstrators took a risk by denouncing all of the armed actors, including the FARC, for committing acts of violence against civilians. Nonetheless, a local army commander accused these marchers of being FARC guerrillas in disguise.
In July 2008, I photographed this Wanted Dead or Alive-type poster in Leticia, Amazonas, on the fence of an army compound. The “X” marks the the face of FARC commander Ivan Ríos, who was assassinated that year. To add insult to injury, a soldier must have stuck this likeness in the forehead with a ball point pen. The image on the right, under a dotted X, is of Joaquín Gómez, commander of the FARC’s Southern Block. To date, Gómez is still alive, but the dotted line represents the Colombian army’s growing confidence that, one by one, they will cross out the whole FARC leadership.