Seeing Venezuela's Reality Through Art

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Blog Post by Karla Ojeda, February 11, 2019

During the run of Elsewhere last month, we were encouraged by the outpouring of support from the Venezuelan community. The text below is written by Karla, a young woman who recently immigrated to Cornwall, Ontario. Her passion for her home country took her and her friends down the highway to Montreal to see the show and participate in the talkback. We were inspired by her words and the story she shared. 

I had the opportunity to attend to Elsewhere with three friends of mine. One of them heard the announcement on the radio and when we heard “Venezuela” he did not hesitate to invite me to attend. To be able to see, through art, Venezuela´s reality was definitely a creative but very emotional way to share what is taking place on a daily basis in my country.

I was very impressed by the fact that most of the audience were not Venezuelan. The reason for this is that for many years Venezuelans have tried to speak out and raise our voice against a government that perpetuates misery, inhumanity, and cruelty with to no avail. To realize that we are finally being heard and that the world is paying attention to the countless violations that the Venezuelan government shows toward its people, is-simply put-hopeful. It is hopeful because we as a nation now know that our voices have crossed borders and that we are not the only ones who are calling out the injustices. Our voices have become louder and stronger.

Since I left Venezuela, I promised myself that my role would be to become a spokesperson to denounce what is happening in my country and to raise awareness of the gravity of our deplorable situation. But even though we try to do our best to raise awareness, the severity of our state is inconceivable until someone lives it. After five months out of Venezuela, I could not have a defined picture of today’s reality, because it is worsening every day.

Today, after so long, Venezuelans are feeling hope again. We do not see out in a panorama of grey, we have added some colour. We have learned to be strong, to be brave, and to be resilient. As long as people keep educating themselves about Venezuela’s reality, they will understand how lucky and privileged they are compared to other people in the world. Global issues should be known by the general population. We need to get together to stop the violations and crimes that are occurring around the world.

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