In November 2018, in its first edition in Colombia, HAWAPI took place in the Territorial Area for ​​Training and Reincorporation (Espacio Territorial de Capacitación y Reincorporación - ETCR) Amaury Rodríguez in the town of Pondores in La Guajira, Colombia.

The ETCR Amaury Rodríguez is one of the 24 spaces of this type that were established around the country as part of the peace agreement signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on November 24, 2016. These provisional settlements were established in order to provide training and assistance to ex-combatants for their reincorporation into civilian life. The ETCR where HAWAPI 2018 took place is located in the Pondores locality in the department of La Guajira and has approximately 250 inhabitants, most of whom are ex-combatants of the FARC.


In November 2018, the 11 artists invited to participate in this edition of HAWAPI, stayed at the ETCR where they made a series of artworks and cultural activities that reflect on the peace process in Colombia and the current situation at the ETCR Amaury Rodríguez.


In February 2019 HAWAPI presented the collective exhibition "HAWAPI 2018 - Pondores" in Espacio El Dorado. The group of national and international artists who participated in HAWAPI 2018 presented original works developed in response to their experiences on location at the ETCR. The exhibition HAWAPI 2018 - Pondores, was curated by Andrea Muñoz.

An academic program, designed by anthropologist and curator Jenny Díaz, ran in parallel to the exhibition and consisted of a roundtable, a symposium, talks and a series of guided visits that included the participation of various experts on the peace process, as well as members of HAWAPI 2018.

Participating Artists:

María Buenaventura - (Colombia)
Elkin Calderón - (Colombia)
Juan Betancurth - (Colombia)
Samuel Lasso - (Colombia)
Henry Palacio - (Colombia)
Adriana Ramírez - (Colombia)
Santiago Díaz - (Colombia)
Julieth Morales - (Colombia)
Camilo Leyva - (Colombia)
Ana Izquierdo - (Peru)
Hamlet Lavastida – (Cuba)

Alexander Hick (Germany)


View from above of the ETCR Amaury Rodriguez in Pondores. (Photo: Alexander Hick)

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Artist Henry Palacio working in the sewing workshop, which is one of the productive projects at the settlement. Palacio designed and fabricated two series of unique football jerseys which were then used in the football tournament he organised. In the tournament ex-combatants, police officers and residents of the nearby village played together in mixed teams. (Photo: Samuel Lasso)

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Elkin Calderón filming his video “Como Matando Moscas” (Like Killing Flies). (Photo: Adriana Ramírez)

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View from above of the ETCR Amaury Rodriguez in Pondores. (Photo: Alexander Hick)

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