This series of work happened within my period at the Fine Arts Faculty of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, 2010.
An elite university where, from my point of view, many workers were invisible.
Where is the knoladge here everyday?
Here, the need to monumentalize the invisible, arises.
How to humanize this system?
El trabajo (the work)
A series of sculptures made from the hands of the women cleaning staff at the University.
Installation in several locations of the facilities where they used to work.
Public video installation that aimed to visibilized the invisible cleaning staff of the university.
From a process of intimate conversations based on friendship, I took three portraits depicting their dayly actions.
Juan is a hermit with deep political believes who lives in the mountains of Bogotá, near the City center. Every day he comes to sit in the same spot in a public square,
between a church and the monument to “Ricardo Palma”.
In this project, for one day people who walked by were invited to sit on his spot where I placed a 2m long wooden chair, and hear his voice with fragments of
Juancho’s favourite book: Pedro Páramo (by Mexican author Juan Rulfo).
Want to inhabit
Photo series (5)
For my university thesis project I realised a one year cartographic research of the historic district, resulting in a multimedia installation highlighting a different
perception of areas often regarded with apathy. In this project Juancho, Flor Moreno and Adolfo, 3 iconic presences of this district’s daily life, become the
protagonist of 3 video pieces where abstract questions about time, art and the city are addressed. The big scaled- photo series focuses on details from the informal
trade environment: vendors who take the streets of the center and display their goods. The drawings are installed in found objects from the research area and
expand on the iconography of Bogota’s daily urban traders’ life.
How many of us have asked ourselves this question when we see a familiar person that spends a big part of the day on one of those Bogotan streets in the city center? How do we imagine a day in a place that we just see at a glance while we walk by? What does it mean to be there? What does it meanto live there? Surely some of these questions have been following Manuela Garcia during the development of her final project in which we had the opportunity to see in the Cultural Center Textura. But these questions that have certainly been in ours minds in a given moment seem to not find the time or the motivation to be seriously posed. This can be the fundamental difference between the behavior of Manuela in face of this reality. She hasn’t only taken the time for that, but she has also developed a relationship with the streets and their inhabitants, which allows her to see and understand herself from the other riverside and, and therefore, understand what could be her function as an artist within her surroundings. The drawings, objects and videos that she presents, enable us to be participants ofthose places and of the people who live there, inviting us to contemplate them as legitimate spaces, and human spaces. The work of Manuela relativizes the importance attached to art and shows that this can be a valid mechanism to get to know, and to live on a daily basis in relationship with the other. Only through a free attitude, art can serve us not only to explore and get to know the world, but to know and understand ourselves inside of it.
Al final REVIEW of “Querer habitar” by Juan Fernando Herrán, University thesis mentor, published in the faculty magazine.
“Querer habitar” I Want to inhabit
I am Juan, the Chilean, an adventurous walker. I earn daily what I require for my basic needs, my breakfast, my lunch…I live on the top of the hills. It has been 20 years since I have been living there. I always wake up with zero budget, and so it depends how the weather is…if the weather is good, if it’s nice…if not… anyway, I have to go down because I need to check how life is for people here. I talk to these people, and some of them help me. I don’t know, but here…there are many different paths in this life, and it can be that all of them are right. To not be committed with anybody and to not take part in a constant routine…t o be like a little bird and observe what comes your way. Apart from that, to not be attached or dependent on any rule…to be free of all those things, to be detached. Do you understand me? I don’t know …if I feel good, I keep going with this same ritual. I like this place because it’s neutral. It’s not in any entrance of the university. I have always been occupying the church as my office. I observe the routine of the people, the students…when they arrive, when they leave, when they make photocopies…or when they plan to go for lunch. I dedicate myself to observe the public in this way. I like to feel the time…here one can feel the time…do you get me? I‘m not attached to any routine and I see that the people pass by in a hurry because they are attached to their routines, their schedules… what I don’t have. I think it’s very funny to see all these people in a hurry going to their appointments and obligations because they have to do it. The time is a measure of daily tasks, for example, in a day. If a day has 24 hours, one has to do something in this 24 hours. I guide myself instead with the sun and the nature…I let nature be in charge. I don’t wear a watch because I don’t have appointments, so I’m free in this sense. People are very attached to the time, and they think I’m detached from time. I’m somewhere in the middle…time doesn ́t catch me…I simply let myself be driven by it. I wish the people more freedom to forget a little bit about the time, and in this way, they would not have borders.