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BAJO TIERRA (Underground), 2016

“A standing tree is worth more than a fallen tree,” say the indigenous Shipbo people of the Amazon in Peru. From the perspective of the indigenous worldview, the value of a “standing tree” lies in the spiritual wisdom and cultural expression of each tree. For the Shipbos, the plants communicate with each other, and safeguard the wisdom of their ancestors. In the same way, the indigenous Vaupé people in Colombia believe that when an “Arco de palo” tree blossoms, it is a signal to begin the hunting and sowing seasons.

From the western perspective, the idea that trees could speak seems like a fantasy. However, a recent discovery made by the biologist Suzanne Simard proves that trees communicate with each other just like the indigenous cultures had always believed. According to Simard, by way of a complex symbiotic network between the roots and mushrooms (that the biologist compares to the Internet), the trees exchange essential information for survival and gestation of native forests.

Since the conquest, the indigenous worldview has been moved to the periphery. Urban modernity has also stripped us of our roots in ways. This installation is a proposal that reflects and aims to sensitize us toward the marginalization of our roots.

THE WEIGHT OF WATER (El peso del agua), 2016

THE WEIGHT OF WATER is part of the exhibition NATURAL RESISTANCE curated by Carlos García Montero in Y Gallery, New York, June 2016
Group show with: Shay Arick / Adriana Ciudad / Tamara Kostianovsky


The Weight of Water / 2016
Wall Installation: El peso de las cosas (The Weight of Things) / 4 drawings on wall (watercolor, ink and pencil on paper), acrylic and ink on wall / 158 x 118 inches aprox.
Floor installation: Aguas oscuras (Dark Waters) / ceramic, resin, acrylic and polyurethane / 130 x 100 inches aprox.

Aguas oscuras (Dark Waters, floor installation) makes reference to the hippopotamuses that continue to procreate in Colombia. It´s hard to believe but in South America there have been hippopotamuses since the ‘80s when drug lord Pablo Escobar stole three hippopotamuses from Africa for his extravagant private zoo. When Escobar was trapped and subsequently assassinated, his zoo remained abandoned, and the hippopotamuses began to relocate and reproduce. Today, there are over 70 of them around the Magdalena River. Not only does this create a threat to the nearby village populations, due to the hippopotamuses’ violent and territorial nature, but it is a serious environmental problem. To me, these hippopotamuses– displaced from their place of origin and brought to other lands – become a metaphor for those child soldiers who were forced into the jungle during the Colombian armed conflict and had to turn that hostile environment into their shelter. The floor installation shows puddles of water that form a river and hide two hippopotamuses within it. The water is dark, it reveals its weight and value, while simultaneously hiding reflections of the sky, the mysterious universe, or a bizarre reality that we don’t quite yet understand.

El peso de las cosas (The Weight of Things, wall installation) references the Peruvian oil industry, which was just recently responsible for a spill of three thousand barrels of oil in the Marañón River in the Amazons. Taking measures to repair the damage, the company Petroperú offered individuals in the affected populations 20 soles (around 6 dollars) for each bucket of oil they removed from the river. As consequence, dozens of children set out to collect buckets of oil, putting their life at risk. The wall installation shows the exuberance and possibly, the power, of the Amazons. Juxtaposed are drawings of jungle, which you can neither understand in reverse nor upright. Tiny characters, almost in oblivion, like the indigenous people who harbor them, observe the chaos. Are we losing all connection to nature? Losing what is left of the aboriginal knowledge that understands the true weight of water?


The Weight of Things 2 / 2016 / acuarela, tinta y lápiz sobre papel / 17 x 24 cm


The Weight of Things 4 / 2016 / acuarela, tinta y lápiz sobre papel / 30 x 40 cm


The Weight of Things 1 / 2016 / acuarela, tinta y lápiz sobre papel / 100 x 120 cm


The Weight of Things 3 / 2016 / acuarela, tinta y lápiz sobre papel / 30 x 24 cm

NOWHERE (Ninguna parte), 2016

“The gravitational force is but an illusion.” - Albert Einstein
“I am convinced that memory has a gravitational force. It is constantly attracting us. Those who have a memory are able to live in the fragile present moment. Those who have none don’t live anywhere.” – Patricio Guzmán in Nostalgia de la Luz

Nowhere, a site-specific installation piece part of the exhibit Towards a New Shore, explores the idea of the universe as an unreachable place. The piece dwells on the feeling of vertigo one gets when realizing that no one knows what lies beyond the event horizon of a black hole. That same feeling we get when confronted with death. Nowhere seeks to place the spectator at the verge of the horizon where death and the limits of scientific inquiry meet, at the edge of the known universe. My intention is to explore the horizon as the limit of knowledge and at the same time as a portal towards ancestral imaginaries of the hereafter. My intention is to explore the idea of the horizon as an epistemological borderline or limit - a portal beyond which an infinite number of imaginaries and possible worlds could potentially exist.


video register "Nowhere" / 02:18 seconds / floor sculptures: resin and acrylic / sculpture: resin, poliuretane, fiber glass, acrylic and peruvian mask of the Carnaval de la Virgen de la Candelaria - Puno, Perú / audio: sounds of the universe from the Voyager I y II - NASA and “Alabaos” afro-colombian funereal songs
"Nowhere" is part of "Towards a new shores" curated by Claudia Segura, NC-arte, Bogotá, April-July 2016
Participating artists: Julieta Aranda / Tania Candiani / Adriana Ciudad / Marlon de Azambuja / Regina de Miguel / Víctor Garcés / Cesar González / Alberto Lezaca / Basim Magdy / Mayana Redin / Pedro Torres / James Turrell / Juan Zamora








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A veinte soles de distancia, 2016

Twenty suns away

This group of 5 drawings references the Peruvian oil industry, which was just recently responsible for a spill of three thousand barrels of oil in the Marañón River in the Amazons. Taking measures to repair the damage, the company Petroperu offered individuals in the affected populations 20 soles (around 6 dollars) for each bucket of oil they removed from the river. As consequence, dozens of children set out to collect buckets of oil, putting their life at risk.


A veinte soles de distancia / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 40 cm


A veinte soles de distancia / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 36 x 48 cm


A veinte soles de distancia / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 23 cm


A veinte soles de distancia / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 23 x 30 cm


A veinte soles de distancia / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 23 cm

NEBULAS, 2016

Planetary nebulae is the process of death of a star in the universe.
The wall installation is a constellation formed by 10 drawings and acrylic on wall.
The piece seeks to establish analogies between the phenomena of the universe's nebulae and cycles of violence in the Colombian armed conflict.


installation view / acrylic and ink on wall / 10 drawings: watercolor, ink and pencil on paper


Nebula / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 100 x 120 cm


Infancia en nebula / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 23 x 17 cm


Nebula / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 23 x 30 cm


Sueño nebuloso / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 19 x 24 cm


Futuro nebuloso / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 19 x 24 cm

DEBAJO DEL AGUA - apéndice, 2016

This series is an extension of the installation Underwater, alluding to the similarities between human characteristics and hippos.


Debajo del agua - apéndice 5 / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 36 x 48 cm


Debajo del agua - apéndice 2 / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 23 x 30 cm


Debajo del agua - apéndice 3 / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 30 x 23 cm


Debajo del agua - apéndice 4 / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 23 x 30 cm


Debajo del agua - apéndice 1 / 2016 / watercolor, ink and pencil on paper / 36 x 48 cm