During my 4th year of architecture school at the Rhode Island School of Design, I worked on the designs of an eco-touristic center for the Colombian indigenous tribe called the Wayuu. They are located in La Guajira. "Dreams of Wale Keru" was my first introduction to the use of Bamboo and it allowed me to learn much about the culture of the Wayuu. I was very attracted by their art of weaving, which I tried to incorporate in my design proposal. While opening up my research files from this university project, I was curious to see if I could find any recent news about this community via a google search. When I was making my research, there was a trailer for a documentary, which apparently never took place. However, I was very interested to find out about another community project which aimed at celebrating the culture of the Wayuu. This project "Yo Soy Wayuu" is part of the artist JR's INSIDE OUT global art project
Inspired by JR’s large‐format street "pastings", INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.