Colombian Photographer & College Students in Cookstown Develop Visual Peace Project.

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Participatory photographer Antonio Amador and students at Holy Trinity College will use organic and non-digital traditional production to reflect memory, truth and identity. The project is funded by Mid Ulster Council and Community Relations Council and is part of the Northern Ireland - Colombia  #FUTyoURES programme in partnership with Escuelas de Paz & Fotosynthesis.

Antonio Amador is a Colombian photographer and publicist from University Jorge Tadeo Lozano and has specialised in author photography from the Superior School of Image and Design (IDEP) in Barcelona, where he is mainly working in the fashion industry and has a particular interest in documentary projects with anthropological and conceptual emphases. He is the co-founder of Colectivo Dinoudinou, an independent group that focussed on XIX century photographic processes. Within the research framework, Antonio has participated in multiple exhibitions, individually and collectively and his work about Colombia peace process includes “El silencio habla de las flores”, part of “Imaginarios Desarmados”. Antonio recently joined Fotosynthesis and this will be his first project as part of the team.

Antonio visited Northern Ireland in September 2018 with colleague Ingrid Guyon to facilitate and host their Imagine Peace exhibition. Blog
During his time in Northern Ireland Antonio visited Holy Trinity college in Cookstown. The college got involved in the #FUTyoURES project in 2018 with special guest graffiti artist Robison Sanchez from Colombia creating a mural at the college. “Antonio will return to work with students in the College 4th - 8th March as part of a participatory photography community relations project inspired by "The Broken Mirror" -  the work of Jesús Abad Colorado, a Colombian photojournalist. His work focuses on Human rights and the armed conflict in Colombia.

"I am delighted to share my photographic experience with the young people, to participate and to find the light of Cookstown and its people through the arts." Antonio

#FUTyoURES is a participatory Peace programme aimed at developing a shared creative model for conflict transformation that meets the needs, interests and expectations of people from territories emerging from conflict in Colombia and Northern Ireland. At the heart of the project are the Arts affirming the synergy between People and the Natural Environment around them. The programme is managed by Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland) & Escuelas de Paz (Colombia).