Me at the border

Projects from 2014 – now
Berlin-based and international

Continuing with the topic of the border, explored since 2012 in Bogotá in relationship to stereotypes and preconceptions of the other, I found myself as the new other in another context: Berlin, Germany, Europe. From this migrant position, notions of vulnerability are explored in larger relational art formats (produced in residencies and cooperations) revolving around intimate spaces where different modes of trust and storytelling exchange happen.

 

Jaima
Collaborative Action
2014
Refugee camp Bojador
Western Sahara

This Jaima was made with the collaboration of Suheia Chej, Beita Chej, Salma Brahim,Cadiha Ali, Suheia Brahim, Sofia Ali, Mane Selk, Beika Hmudi and Meile Mojtar in the Bojador Saharaui refugee camp, Bojador the context of ARTifariti International Art and Human Rights, Meeting in western Sahara 2014.

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The Jaima is a tent where the nomadic Sahrawi people live. Nowadays, in the refugee camps of the western Sahara, the Jaima is used as a part of the house where the family spends time together, where their ritual of tea is celebrated, and the place where guests are received. In 1976, when the Sahrawi people began a long eastward migration due to the Maroccan invasion of their lands, Jaimas were initially built with Melfas (coloured clothing used by the Sahrawi women to dress up).

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Sand manifests
Collective Action
2015
Madrid, Spain

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Deserts connected: Guajira, Colombia-Western Sahara. Stemming from a series of workshops with children from both regions, facilitated by me in Colombia and J avier Arango Garfias in Western-Sahara. The resulting drawings made with sand give visibility to two remote and neglected areas with accessibility problems to water and culture, symbolically united in a day action inside Federico Guzman’ site-specifc exhibition Tuiza, in the Crystal Palace (Museo Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía, Madrid). The exhibition public were invited to join this trans-dessert bridge, listen to the stories of both places and participate knitting the drawings in a larger carpet inside a Jaima.

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The Saharaui Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
Participatory action
2017
Venice, Italy

A participatory action and fake documentary conceived in collaboration with Javier Arango Garfias, to represent the unrecognised nation of Western Sahara within the world’s art exhibition display of the Venice Biennale (2017). Together with the member of a local culture house , we displayed a Jaima – the traditional home of the nomadic Saharaui people in several outside locations of the Venice Biennale. As an ephemeral pavilion, the Jaima was assembled by participating audience for short spans of time, creating a dialogue around the political situation of this unrecognised nation.

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Sutura
Participatory action in the public space
With Lorena Novoa,
Elizabeth Gallon y
Juan Camilo Alfonso
2018
Brandenburger Gate
Berlin, Germany

 

On August 7, 2018, we went to demonstrate through a collective action at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, in rejection of the incessant brutal violence in Colombia. From January 2016 to September 2018, after the so-called “peace-agreement,” more than 300 social leaders, both male and female, have been systematically killed in our country. We met to create this action, and weave ourselves together as a community, in order to break down silences for that which has been deemed unspeakable. Between the absent and present, the goal is to open spaces for dialogue and reflection through the resignifation and appropriation of our national symbols: the gold resources- yellow; the oceans of the country’s cost- blue; and the blood spelt by the martyrs of the Bolivarian revolution- weaved three times larger than the other two flag portions in order to bring attention to the current violence in Colombia.

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S´abeurador digau?
Participatory action in the public space  / Installation 
With The Cultural Association Can Timoner
2020
Santanyí
Mallorca, Spain

During my time at the art residency in Can Timoner (https://cantimoner.org) the women running the house, which are from the town shared with me the problem with the Building S´abeurador. An old building that used to be a meeting point for the people to feed the animals, collect water and buy food. Nowadays the building is abandoned and the town is planning to make it into a museum with the artwork from a recognized artist from Italy based in the town.
The people from Stantanyí reclaim the space for them and not for the tourists. “We don´t want a cultural cementery”
The gentrification is a big problem there. Based in this unconformity we invited people to come and knit together a tipical duvet from Mallorca to hang it as a simbolic act in the mentioned place.
While kniting we created an interesting and special space for discussion and sharing thoughts.
A manifest displayed in different parts of the city acompanied the action.
Women from different ages took part in the process and action.

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