The people of Medellín work hard to steer away from the narrative created by Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel and the violence it brought to the city. Whether through urbanization, art or museums the people are letting visitors know Medellín has a lot more to offer than the history of one of the largest drug cartels in the world.
My first day in Medellín I was able to witness the city’s determination through art, specifically with the Pictopía Medellin project. The Pictopía Medellín project is an annual art festival where artists from all over the world are invited to beautify the walls of a specific neighborhood in the city. The one I visited can be found via Google Maps, or with the Pictopía Instagram account.
Aside from this project, the city is filled with graffiti and street art throughout many different areas that are hard to miss. If your time in the city is limited but you’re highly interested in seeing and learning more about the street art that transforms it there are various graffiti tours available to visitors.