The dynamic and visually captivating world of Johan Samboni, a Colombian artist whose debut book, "Yo podria estar robando, pero estoy haciendo artes (I Could Be Stealing But I’m Making Art)", is a visual exploration of his hometown, Cali. Through a blend of contemporary, mainstream, and transmedial resources, Samboni offers a unique perspective on the complex social and political environment of his community.
Drawing on a diverse array of visual structures, from Grand Theft Auto sceneries, to gang members Facebook profile pictures and Google Street View images, Samboni creates a distinctive language that captures the the flavor of his surroundings in a way that is both uncanny and intriguing. With a keen eye for detail, he reimagines his neighborhood in stunning and unexpected ways, inviting readers to see it in a completely new light.
With its stunning visuals and insightful commentary, "Yo podria estar robando, pero estoy haciendo artes" Samboni manages to develop a new narrative to talk about local political and social issues with a universal approach.
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