El Beso de los Invisibles, Calle 26, Bogotá
El Beso de los Invisibles, Calle 26, Bogotá

As I said, I’m not just talking about any kiss.

In the midst of this city, on the 19th of February 2013, terrifyingly large tractors entered a neighbourhood in Bogotá commonly known as the ‘Bronx’. This neighbourhood was once a utopia for all those marginalised from society, for those who lived in the oblivion of a high and belonged to the vicious entourage of drugs, particularly bazuco, alcohol, weapons and the sex industry.

On this day, a young couple Hernán (38 years at the time) and Diana (25 years) were amongst those whose home and belongings were bulldozed and cleared away. In the midst of total chaos and confusion caused by this event a journalist form El Tiempo, Héctor Fabio Zamora captured a moment would later inspire a wave of consciousness throughout the city.

A kiss.

It was a kiss of passion and complete disregard for what was happening around them.

Look at it, it would appear that for them, time had stopped, something we often lack in our lives.

This image made front page. For a moment, many of us living in the city, realised that behind the face of those we avoid on the street; because they smell bad or carry an intense and very recognisable odour of glue, or because they have bright metallic green smudged all over their face (also from inhaling glue) or because their fingers are worn down just like their clothes; there is a human being, there is an individual who has feelings, hopes, dreams, who can be hurt, who is vulnerable and was once just a kid, just like us.

The lucky ones amongst us, were able to ask ourselves, what if it had been me? Why should I was washed away with highly powered sprays of cold water? Why should their belongings be thrown away like garbage if I treasure my own?

Thankfully, this moment has been frozen in time through the city.

Through a competition opened by IDARTES (Municipal Arts Institute) and won by the collective Vértigo Grafiti, ‘El Beso de los Invisibles’ now reins over the calle 26 with carrera 10. For those of us who know the story, it is a constant reminder that all those who live in the city are intimately equal.

How was it done? 


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