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Lewis Julio next to his work 'A su espera' in honor of Grau. Photo: Courtesy
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Artist from Cartagena presents his work in Mexico

Cartagenero presents his work 'Venusianas' in the exhibition 'Mujer, ritual y artilugios' at the Centro Cultural Baupres in Mazatlan.

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Lewis Julio is an artist from Cartagena who will be presenting his work in Mexico as part of the exhibition 'Woman, Ritual and Gadgets', within the framework of Women's Month. This is an invitation from the Baupres Cultural Center of Mazatlan, as a cultural exchange between the countries of Colombia and Mexico. 

Lewis spoke with Al Día News and mentioned how proud he is to be able to share his work in another country.  "Despite the sacrifice involved in assembling the work, defining the pieces, obtaining resources due to lack of government support, among other factors, representing my land, my city, the Caribbean heat is an honor. It is what identifies me beyond being an artist, it identifies me as a person and that influence of my land is part of my pictorial language", the artist said.

The work of the Cartagena-born artist seeks to raise awareness about the moral aspects and stigmatization of the canons of beauty, especially for women. An example of this is the work 'Venusianas', which is exhibited in Mexico, where the "fundamental intention is physical self-acceptance in the face of social stereotypes and the real freedom to enjoy female sexuality from their realities".

In addition to Lewis, this exhibition also includes the works of three other Colombian artists, one Spanish and one Mexican. Each of them will show different plastic works and themes, with women as the central axis.

The artist from Cartagena said that his future intention is to continue the exploration of the work 'Venusianas', from the investigative argumentation, in order to give strength to the message of his work on women, which is its central axis at the moment.

"Then, I will continue with a project, with more historical and cultural character, an approximation of daily life in the territory of Bocachica, near my hometown", Lewis said.

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