CARTAGENA de INDIAS CARTAGENA De INDIAS | 10° 24′ 0″ N, 75° 30′ 0″ W The portraits of the people of Cartagena de Indias are part of a larger and ongoing project documenting the interethnic relations, plurality and multicultural reality of Colombia. I started the project in the summer of 2009 and chose Cartagena as my port of entry to my own country… a place I left 18 years ago. Cartagena is known for being a Caribbean cultural paradise, where the European Royalty and Jet Setters vacation. Home to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fernando Botero and Viggo Mortensen amongst other international artists and intellectuals. It has the most pristine Colonial architecture protected since the 16th century by the bastions of the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas. During the Colonial era, Cartagena was a major trading port of goods and precious metals and also a Slave Port. It was, along with Veracruz, Mexico, one of the 2 cities through which enslaved Africans arrived to the New World. Cartagena today is synonym of ethnic, social and cultural complexity derived from centuries of interactions and wars amongst the Spaniards, indigenous people, Pirates, displaced Central Europeans and enslaved Africans.