The objective of Somos Todos Costa Rica is to expose and promote the cultural diversity of our country, acting as a change agent for peaceful coexistence and respect for diversity. From this viewpoint of tolerance and inclusion we can strengthen the quest for human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination.
Created in 2010 by Lucas Iturriza, it is an academic and educational documentary photography field project that uses photography as an instrument of reflection, empowerment and information to sensitize public opinion and emphasize respect for the other, regardless of ethnicity, origin, belief, gender, social class, disability or appearance.
Presentations & Exhibitions
Black Star Line, Limón. 2013. Preview of Somos Todos Costa Rica in the format of projection of photographs with live music by Manuel Obregón (then Minister of Culture and Youth) on the piano and singing by T4, MasterKey and Grace Marie.
National Theater of Costa Rica, 2013. In front of a full house at the National Theater, Manuel Obregón played piano while the photographs of Somos Todos Costa Rica were projected. It was an impactful 10 minutes of only portraits and solo piano.
Interamerican Institute of Human Rights, October 2014.
Peace Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia. June 2014
Versailles, París. Ecosistemas de Paz exhibition and workshop. July 2014.
III CELAC Summit of Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica. January 2015
National Museum of Costa Rica, March 19 - May 10, 2015
- Una exposición fotografía la diversidad humana de Costa Rica La Nacion, 2015 (Spanish)
- Poesía hecha foto: la riqueza cultural costarricense a través de rostros Yo amo Chepe, 2015 (Spanish)
- Photo exhibit documents Costa Rican diversity Tico Times, 2015 (Spanish)
- Exposición retrata la diversidad humana existente en Costa Rica La Nacion, 2015 (Spanish)
- Muestra fotográfica "Somos Todos Costa Rica" reivindica diversidad étnica, física y sexual Amelia Rueda, 2015
- Latido América #212: Somos Todos Costa Rica 89decibeles, 2015
- Declared of “Cultural Interest” by the President of the Republic and the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica by Executive Agreement No.141-C (October 10, 2012)
- Academic framing conducted through a collaboration with the Institute of Social Studies in Population (IDESPO) of the National University (UNA) in order to give theoretical and conceptual support to the work through demographics, anthropologists, historians and sociologists perspectives through participation of a group of educational researchers.
- Endorsed by the Interinstitutional Commission on Human Rights, who conducted the National Plan for a Society Free from Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia, as an accessible tool for instilling awareness of respect for others and peaceful coexistence.
- Endorsed by the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Central America.
- Endorsed by the Interamerican Institute of Human Rights.
- Endorsed by the National Directorate of Immigration.
- Endorsed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Costa Rica.