Football is one of the few entities embraced by the entire social stratum that exists in Colombia. Though this affinity with football has never been immune to the darker elements that persist throughout the country. In the past, violence has blighted Colombia’s reputation, with decades of civil war and the drug cartels of the 80s & 90s. Spilling into the realm of the game with the murder of the Colombian international footballer in his home city of Medellín for scoring an accidental own-goal in the '94 World Cup in the USA. It was a chilling insight into the depth of violence that existed country and the city of Medellín.
The series is set in Medellín during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, twenty years after that tragic incident. Many saw Colombia’s return to the tournament after a long absence as moving away from their dark past.
The purpose of this series was to document different parts of the city precisely while the national team was competing in the tournament. The intention was to photograph during each match of the group stage and eventually the knockout stages of the competition, focusing on recording the dynamic between events happening on the pitch in Brazil and how it influenced the atmosphere in many of the diverse communities of city. Each image is a dual perspective between the events surrounding the game and how it translated down onto the streets of Medellín.