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Flores Para El Trueque, 2013

Mercadito & Mentidero
Bogotá, Colombia

I worked selling hand-crafted flowers at the Bogotá Sunday market, which includes a variety of street performers and vendors who sell homemade food, used and new domestic goods, and cut flowers from the farms located on the outskirts of the city. It functions on a monetary and barter economy. I chose to exchange handcrafted flowers for whatever the customer gave me including pesos, sweets, drawings, photos, personal anecdotes, and religious items among others. This exchange responded specifically to Colombia’s role at that time as the second largest global exporter of cut flowers and the market’s economy.