Last update, October 12, 2021

This playful exercise is the way that we found with Juliana Góngora to start a dialogue and imagine possible routes of collaboration between our works. The setting for this meeting is a game that follows arbitrary instructions, such as randomly choosing a product from a food dispenser. Then, we choose the image of the turtle to open new paths of thought and unexpected drifts in our processes: thinking materially about its shell –which is an exposed bone that is formed from the spine outwards, but looks like a stone–, in the relativity of time, the idea of movement, among others. Do more weight and less speed implies a lighter body?

Project with Juliana Góngora, Artbo fin de semana

Ongoing project
2005—2019
Since the beginning of 2006, I started a social ritual: taking an instant picture of everyone I knew (friends, family, or colleagues), and then, of new people I had the chance to meet in my life. The idea of this social experiment that I titled with the popular expression Small World, in Spanish El Mundo es un pañuelo, was to check if the theory of the six degrees was true. Broadly speaking, it tries to prove that any person on Earth can be connected to another through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Currently, the project consists of more than 1000 photographs, several versions of maps both in paper and in an atlas, and 20 albums with the original pictures and anecdotic texts that connect different people. I also did a series of 54 paintings and drawings that, together with a giant Rubik's cube, represent a part of the Colombian art scene as well as other Works depicting social divisions in my home country.

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Artbo, Referentes

Project
2017—August > December
In 1998, the philosophers Andy Clark and David Chalmers wrote the paper The Extended Mind in which they explain, and demonstrate, how our interaction with objects, persons and the environment, is essential to shape and build our cognitive capacities as well as our thinking. That is the reason why we use certain tools (e.g. pencils, hammers, keyboards, or notebooks) as an extension of our body and mind. Going further, and that’s the way I see the development of this same theory, one could even think that those links between the brain (interior) and the materiality of the world (exterior), become like invisible energies that impact our behaviors and destiny. Possible proof of this is, for example, how the changes introduced by Rousseau in the French education around 1762 were one of the reasons that triggered avant-garde movements; Also how the Russian Constructivist logics were essential for their revolution or the way the Montessori system allowed a new understanding of learning, just to name a few cases of study that connect with my ideas. This can also be found in mathematical logic in the form of thought experiments (e.g. Schrödinger's Cat or Maxwell's Demon).

In that sense, this project is a cycle (sixteen weeks) of very basic self-exercises in the studio, devoted to give form to the understanding of those ideas and discover the boundaries of my mental processes as a student. In parallel, I convinced myself of a statement (about not being radical but instead kind) and I designed a short book with images and reflections made during this period and which gave the name to the project: Six Subtitles/Sixteen weeks.

SAIC

Project
2016—September
This project takes a close look at the imperfections and minuscule grain texture spots found on 90g sheets of recycled paper. Then I imagine that those little dots came from previously discarded print material such as a ticket, a medicine box, a magazine, a letter, a paper package, a postcard, etc. And then, that those elements were part of the life of different characters, creating a narrative circle connected through paper. The 3 floors exhibition comments on artisanal methods of paper production, standardized sizing processes, cyclical and repetitive narratives, and the continuous transformation of matter.

Solo exhibition at Sketch gallery 

Project and short novel
2015—2016
This project is a short novel and an exhibition. The writing is a narration, from the point of view of a retired, widowed woman of 65 years that decides to dedicate most of her time to learn how to swim. This argument is the central point of the entire work that, little by little, begins to touch on topics such as faith, the decline of life, memory, and the architectural deterioration of a place. While writing, in a coming and going of creative processes, I was imagining the possibilities that this story had within the language of the Visual Arts. The result is an exhibition that encompassed all the rooms and spaces on the ground floor of the 12:00 Gallery located in the San Felipe neighborhood of Bogotá. A journey, by moments or chapters, in which the viewer could find works in various media and formats, such as drawing, painting, graphic series, and videos that take up, symbolically and metaphorically, parts of the literary text.

Solo exhibition at 12:00 gallery and Museo de arte de Pereira
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Bogotá––Chicago