“I feel safe when…” How would you complete this sentence? The multidisciplinary artist and researcher Felipe Castelblanco and the hip hop singer and composer TRAFICO MC joined with ten participants in a creative writing process that originated the song LA SOMBRA EN LA OSCURIDAD SE PIERDE. Bringing up their personal experiences and feelings around security and surveillance in the city, for the first step of the MATZA EDGELANDS MEDELLÍN project, the age-diverse group was invited to a songwriting workshop. As a result of a combination of perspectives on fear, trust, and security, the song and its music video relates to Medellín’s complex contemporary history.
TRAFICO MC and other local artists performed during the COMMON GROUNDS exhibition, celebrating Medellín’s intense, powerful and sensitive social fabric. Jheny Duque’s coordination was also fundamental for the recording of the music video, which has become a sound monument to be launched in Medellín’s public domain. The music video’s first image shows us a blackboard with the saying: “I feel insecure when walking on the street”. Following the hip hop beat, students, young migrants and a mother affected by armed conflict are portrayed in different streets, occupying many locations of the city and transforming security issues into a collective one.
Created by Séverin Guelpa and Anja Wyden Guelpa in collaboration with the Edgelands Institute, MATZA EDGELANDS MEDELLÍN is a project held in Colombia between 31.01 and 17.02.2022. Gathering artists, experts, citizens, and activists together to reflect on contemporary issues, urban dynamics, and social tensions in the heart of Medellín, the project lead to the COMMON GROUND art residency and exhibition, which presented original artworks regarding security, digital surveillance, technology, and urbanization.