|Artist Cristo Hoyos and one of his funereal wreaths.|
|A wreath and noose.|
Hoyos' work, now on display in the Gabriela Garcia Marquez Cultural Center in La Candelaria,
includes a series of flower wreaths embedded with violent symbols such as a knife, a noose and a weathered cow skull.
In Colombia, violence has been tied to the inequality of land ownership, Hoyos observed the other day at the exhibition. That's why his wreath series has a rural flavor.
Other Hoyos works portray impoverished Embera indigenous people, wealthy elite Colombians and displaced people, emphasizing the huge contrasts in a nation with a growing economy, a half-dozen billionaires, and millions of impoverished and victims of forced displacement.
Hoyos found the images for the exhibition, entitled 'Silence: Living Paintings,' in Colombian newspapers and magazines between 2008 and 2010.
|Wealth and glamour.|
|Embera indigenous people from the Pacific coast region.|
|The other day, dining tables were set up in front of the paintings for a United Nations event.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours