Moved by the desire to get rid of the stigma of a violent and drug-ridden city, Medellín has become one of the most successful city brands in the world. Through megaprojects, mega architects, and mega-events (the biennial where this project was carried out was not the exception), the city presents itself as an example of urban "renewal", public-private initiatives, and a case study for urban developers.
    Saying that is an example of successful city branding is not a compliment, understanding the city in terms of a brand suggests that the problem is not inequality but bad PR and branding. And indeed, the kind of solutions the city-as-brand proposes and carries out are purely aesthetical and superficial. Unmistakably, under these abstract and positive discourses hides systematic violence against the most vulnerable populations whose fate is to be sacrificed for the "bettering" of the city.

They are deemed unworthy of the dreamed city-to-be and are expelled, displaced, and disappeared in the name of "development", "innovation", and the "future".
    One of the ways in which the city's administration legitimizes these actions of expulsion and intra-urban displacement is by creating advertising campaigns and, more specifically, mottos that connote an apparently inclusive "we" or "all" and an unquestionable objective. For instance, "Medellín, Todos por la Vida" (Medellin, We All For Life) was the slogan utilized by Medellin in 2015. Through this slogan, the city involved the citizenry in an urban project that the majority of the population was not going to benefit from and, in fact, were the victims of.
    All the glow of urban transformation through infrastructure in Medellin, quite literally[1], hides thousands of bodies of people
deemed “disposable” and thrown away in dumps. In 2002, Medellin saw the biggest urban military operation in the long history of Colombia's war: the Operación Orion[2], carried out by the army and death squads that left hundreds of people disappeared, displaced, and dead. This is how it becomes evident that the logic of urban renewal is a logic of colonial war that violently occupies territories and bodies. 
    Medellín Sobre Todos (Medellin Above All) is an agitprop counter-campaign, which seeks to subvert the communicative apparatuses employed by the municipal administration, highlighting the imposition of a model of exclusionary city that materializes over citizens. The motto Medellín Sobre Todos hiddenly relates to the slogan "Deutschland Über Alles" (Germany Above All), used by Nazis to legitimize and involve German citizens in their project of a nation, rhetorically
linking city branding with Nazi propaganda strategies.
    This project was carried out in close collaboration with the community of workers (mechanics, welders, and all professions related to car repair) of Naranjal, a working-class neighborhood located in the center of Medellín that is fighting against its demolition and on which the city exercises all kinds of harassment. The people of this neighborhood have a strong sense of community and belonging to the territory. Medellín Sobre Todos seeks to amplify their struggle, turning the slogan into a pretext to produce experiences, articulated in various communication devices built with them and ready to be used.





CALDODECULTIVO: Unai Reglero, Gabriela Córdoba Vivas, Guillermo Camacho, Jhon Jairo Pinzón y Eduardo Salamanca.
+ Alfonso Rodríguez "Poncho" y Andrés Buitrago.

With the complicity of the workers of the Naranjal neighborhood: Eduardo "Peineto", Yasmin Lorena, Omar, Federico, Raúl, Arcadio, Luis Ángel "Tocayo", Fernando Sierra (...)
Neighbors of El Chagualo: Juan Carlos, María Elena, Sara, Juliana, Orlando (…)
Con la colaboración esencial de Juan Diego Ibatá, Juliana Mesa, Santiago Loaiza, Tricilab.