Colombian street artists graffiti for peace

A man walks past graffiti that reads: "Peace for the people, human rights" in the Chipichape neighbourhood in Cali, Colombia on January 9, 2016 (AFP Photo/Luis Robayo)

A man walks past graffiti that reads: "Peace for the people, human rights" in the Chipichape neighbourhood in Cali, Colombia on January 9, 2016 (AFP Photo/Luis Robayo)


AFP, January 27, 2016

Bogota (AFP) - A pineapple that looks strikingly like a grenade is spray-painted on one wall, while another is splashed with carnations sprouting from rifle barrels.

 As Colombia seeks a historic peace agreement to end five decades of conflict with the FARC rebels, war and peace are increasingly popping up as themes in the graffiti around the capital Bogota, where street art is booming.
"I wanted to send a message that would open people's minds," says DjLu, a graffiti artist known for dotting the city center with black-and-white images such as soldiers shooting heart-shaped bullets.
DjLu, who prefers not to give his real name, doubles as an art professor at Catholic University of Colombia when he isn't out spray-painting public spaces as a self-described "servant of peace." 

"I'm not a guy who's been uprooted by the conflict, let's be clear about that. I'm simply human, and as a human I think the conflict is absurd," he told AFP.

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