Ana Maria
Velasco

Coloring book "Caring for the heart of the world"

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Velasco’s pilgrimages through Colombia inform her worldview of interconnectedness, empathy, and reciprocity. Her interest in international sociopolitical movements stems from her youth spent in the context of narco-terrorism in Colombia and dictatorship and revolution in Nicaragua.

For the last 12 years, she has embedded herself in Indigenous communities from La Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia (Kogis, Arhuacos, and Wiwas). These artistic and personal expeditions impact her artmaking practice and life.

She continues doing community work with La Sierra Artist Residency and Caring for Colombia foundations, engaging in ongoing conservation and education efforts through her paintings and social projects.