Getsemani

“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
― Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism

Getsemaní used to be known for drugs and crime, and was far from the cultural epicenter of Cartagena, Colombia that it now represents. Getsemaní has emerged from a complicated past and evolved into a burgeoning barrio complete with a live music scene and an artistic community spirit.

Recently with revitalization, this once seedy neighborhood has become the coolest, most authentic, and colorful part of Cartagena. These murals represent new issues that are plaguing Getsemani, such as racial segregation, gentrification and increasing tourism.  Join us as we roam the vibrant street art of Getsemaní while the art unveils itself.

 

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Amazing portrait of a homeless man who sleeps on the sidewalk below this wall.

The area where Cartagena stands today was originally inhabited by the Calamari people that dominated the Caribbean coast of Colombia from the borders of Panama up into La Guajira. This mural represents the beauty of the indigenous people.

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This massive colorful mural by Colombian artist DEXS is impossible to miss if you walk on Calle de la Sierpe.

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For a few blocks near the Plaza de la Santísima Trinidad in the Getsemaní neighborhood of Cartagena, Colombia, the legend of Pedro Romero lives. On the streets surrounding the plaza and its church, elaborate works of street art adorn the walls paying tribute to Pedro Romero, the hero of Cartagena’s independence movement for the people of Getsemaní.

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Jusat in front Cafe del Mural: “Magical Cartagena”. If you look closely in the lower left hand corner, you see “pray for Paris”. A traditional Palenquera is a vendor who sells fruit.

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Credits: Debra from Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua.