Colombia

Colombia: Imagine if we could go back to the future

Article published in Omvärlden
2 September 2019
By Gerald Bermudez

“Three years ago I was working on a book of photographs about the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the left-wing FARC guerrillas. I dedicated the book to my six-year-old son because I saw a possibility that he wouldn’t have to grow up with fear as his constant companion. ”

Full article (in Swedish) here:
https://www.omvarlden.se/Opinion/kronikor1/colombia-tank-om-vi-kunde-aka-tillbaka-till-framtiden/

Colombia: The taste of poverty

Article published in Omvärlden
6 August 2019
By Gerald Bermudez

When Diana Gordillo tastes a slice of mortadella sausage, she experiences the same feelings of luxury that she did as a hunger-stricken child. But for most well-off Colombians mortadella is still associated with poverty.

“People in the middle-class, which is where I now find myself, find foods popular with poor people repulsive,” she says. “In order not to seem different I usually say I don’t like mortadella, even though I actually love it!

“In the nice public school where I work, a colleague turned down guava juice because she said it tastes of poverty. This made me uncomfortable and sad – so many people deny their background, even though a big portion of Colombia’s middle-class grew up under much simper circumstances.'”

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.omvarlden.se/Intervju/intervjuer-2019/colombia-smaken-av-fattigdom/

With the land free from mines, she started growing coffee beans

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Hon jobbar för dig (She works for you)
17 December 2018
By Constanza Bruno Solera
Photos: Gerald Bermudez

Colombia. It wasn’t until after her divorce that Emilse Naranjo was recognised for her coffee. Today she makes a relatively good living selling her beans to Europe.
“Making good coffee requires, patience, care, and love. It’s like making a nice soup”, she says.

Full article (in Swedish) here:
https://www.svd.se/fritt-fran-trampminor–da-borjade-hon-odla-kaffe

Colombia – magical and multicultural

Article published in Fönstret
By Constanza Bruno

The country of magical realism is also the country of pluralism. There are a mix of ethnicities here: native, black, white, mestizo, and romani. But Colombians identify more with the region they’re from, like costeños (those from the coast), paisas (from the mountains) or rolos (from the capital Bógota and the inner parts of the country). Each group speaks with its own accent and has its own customs.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.fonstret.se/artikelarkivet/kulturland/colombia–magiskt-och-multikulturellt/