Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Closer to Utopía

After 21 months of fighting, yesterday was marked the deadline for eviction in Corrala Utopia. They had convened a concentration at nine in the night in Corrala.
Last friday, one day before, the court announced a postponement. Currently the eviction is stopped for one week. They will sit to talk.

CORRALA UTOPÍA. SEVILLA. CONCENTRACIÓN 15 DE FEBRERO


Last night the neighbors were happy faces .
People were strong. Hopefully. No fear.
Broken voices.
On the street, next to the Corrala, about five hundred people were supporting a dream that now looks a little more possible.
The 30 families slept at home last night.
They need the union of all. Now more than ever.

CORRALA UTOPÍA. SEVILLA. CONCENTRACIÓN 15 DE FEBRERO

They only ask for a house.
We are asking for a home for these people who now are closer to Utopía.

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