RELATOS EN EL PRESENTE
December 11, 2023 -
January 26, 2024
La Balsa Arte Medellín
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'Relatos en el presente', La Balsa Arte Medellín

Group show

Represented Artists

MARTHA LUCÍA
RAMÍREZ
DIEGO
ARANGO
ISABEL
GÓMEZ MACHADO
JULIÁN
BURGOS
JORGE
BARCO
RADENKO
MILAK
ANDRÉS
ORJUELA
JULIANA
CORREA
ANA MARÍA
VELÁSQUEZ

Guest Artists

NICOLA
LO CALZO
LUIS FERNANDO
PELÁEZ
MARGARITA
BESOSA
JORGE
MARÍN

Diego Arango Arango · Jorge Barco · Margarita Besosa · Julián Burgos · Juliana Correa · Isabel Gómez Machado · Nicola lo Calzo · Jorge Marín · Radenko Milak · Andrés Orjuela · Luis Fernando Peláez · Martha Lucía Ramírez · Ana María Velázquez ·

The work of the artist is to review every day and in every instance a series of material and technical practices, but mainly, ideas about his work within a continuous process of creativity. From time to time, it is interesting to make a pause to engage in a dialogue between the work of the artists represented by the gallery, regardless of a specific or thematic call.

From different point of views see how contemporary techniques of the production of identities, which rely on media such as video, photography, or mass media, are part of current art. The great topics of our time, such as coloniality, the decantation of history, or the clash between culture and nature are triggers to re-imagine and re-configure the practice. The figures that time traces leave their mark on art, without necessarily only talking about forms of representation linked to reality.

Says Manuel Segade, director of the Reina Sofía Museum: “We live in a time when art is essential to answer many of the great questions of our time. The notion of reworlding alludes to the possibility of creating worlds. This notion explains well what art and cultural practices do.”

Although there are no definitions for 'an art of our time' we see how stories emerge in the present. Post-pandemic, and for a world faced with the demons of war, the dream of other possible worlds and other hopes are signs of currents of change.

In conclusion, the concept of reworlding can be understood as making new worlds from an understanding in which the human and the non-human are intertwined in contemporary complexity. Using interdisciplinary methodologies, and acting from multiple perspectives, the artists present open windows to reflect on a world that seeks to expand our sensitivity towards the social, political and environmental challenges of the present.

Ana Patricia Gómez - Director

Selected images

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About artists

Ana Maria Velásquez
ANA MARÍA
VELÁSQUEZ
In a game between fragility and strength, Ana María Velásquez's installations and sculptures are built from the meticulous collection and classification of everyday industrial waste: milk bags, plastic elements, industrial packaging and simple hardware elements such as guides and cables: nuts and bolts. She uses current invoice paper, residue from the accounting of everyday consumption, as an element to build dim mobiles. These various pieces are rearranged and assembled to simulate ghostly urban landscapes of the Big Apple, or to recreate flocks of vultures, astonishing creatures that inha...
Juliana_Correa
JULIANA
CORREA
Industrial designer from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and a specialist in Creative Intervention from the Colegiatura Colombiana. She has more than thirty years of experience in design and textiles, fifteen of which she dedicated to leading her company and creating the OnA brand. During the 15 years of the brand she was recognized and awarded several times for the creative proposal and staging. In materials, processes and techniques, Correa explores the artistic potential of textile pieces. Each step in the creation of a textile piece becomes an opportunity to tell and weave storie...
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ANDRÉS
ORJUELA
Orjuela's work proposes a reinterpretation of certain social, political and historical events, whose analysis over time allows for multiple interpretations, even contradictory ones. Behind an image of King Kong a political criticism can be hidden. His visual repertoire is filled with elements of popular and mass culture: magazines, comics, press photo archives, toys, masks, family photo albums, rescued from street sales, among others. All these symbolic elements make up a rich and personal collection of images that the artist classifies, saves and consults in building associations for his w...
Radenko Milak
RADENKO
MILAK
The primary source of Radenko Milak’s research on the role of historical images as detonators of XX century aesthetic sensibility were, originally, the books and films produced in his native Yugoslavia.  He developed a keen eye for images, mostly in black and white, whose reproducibility made them ever-more memorable in the general global conscience that those of official histories.  The aesthetic of the XX century, created between two world wars and eventually encompassing the whole world, has reached hyper-developed proportions as we are all immersed in the permanently expanding fields of...
Jorge_Barco
JORGE
BARCO
“The effort to give a certain materiality to something apparently ethereal like sound is a constant in my artistic work” In his projects, he investigates, from a sound perspective, issues related to media archaeology, speculative design, spatial imaginaries, and geological materials. Within his production strategies, he combines media such as analog electronics and the reappropriation of low-tech technologies, to create sound machines and installations, which he combines with performance and on-site projects. Barco has held exhibitions, residencies, and workshops in different art centers, m...
Julian_Burgos
JULIÁN
BURGOS
Julián Burgos's painting is consistent with his European training, particularly marked by his studies and life in France. The wonders of classical baroque painting inspired in him a desire to appropriate the techniques of the masters and to meddle with the formal language of great landscapes, mythical representations and the representation of the body. His immersion in baroque art is also characterized by the freedom to make iconoclastic use of diverse languages, analogous to Latin American baroque architecture, in which formal religious stylistic motifs were associated with tropical fauna ...
Isabel Gómez Machado
ISABEL
GÓMEZ MACHADO
Isabel Gómez Machado follows diverse family albums in search of the representation of private spheres, where the ordinary or commonplace take a new meaning in the representation of anonymous ‘homebodies’. Isabel’s paintings review the commonplace of every-day life, where the feminine presences reign over domestic landscapes.  Intimacy, observation, and poetic representation give us an account of lives apparently lived in total interiority and contemplation, abstract lives concerned with the most trivial and restful existence.  The simple acts of the every-day anti-heroism are rendered visib...
Diego_Arango
DIEGO
ARANGO
If reviewed within the western historical canons, the work of Diego Arango has a clear influence on avant-garde movements of the 20th century such as surrealism, abstraction, cubism and primitivism. Regarding the latter, Arango highlights its simplicity, its transcendence in time and its reverence for form. It is important to emphasize that these European avant-gardes spread throughout Latin America, which not only generated a transformation and appropriation of these movements with a nationalist vision, but also a renewal and positioning of Latin American art at a global level. Arango was ...
Luis_Fernando_Peláez
LUIS FERNANDO
PELÁEZ
Luis Fernando Peláez (Colombia, 1945) is one of the most prominent artists of the 80s in Colombia. His work, which ranges from ensembles to installations and monumental works, is permeated by a poetics of time. Moments that he manages to stop by using visual metaphors to evoke his life experience with memory and the landscape. Among other recognitions, we highlight his appointment as a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (England), his public work called Nexus installed in Liverpool (England), the representation of Colombia at the 25th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil), the First Pri...
Martha_Lucía_Ramírez
MARTHA LUCÍA
RAMÍREZ
The work of Martha Lucía Ramírez is characterized by her empathy with human emotions; from her feminine condition, she attaches fundamental importance to the expression of feelings, as well as to the great intertwining of solidarity. Her work considers contemporary experiences of mass migration, forced displacement, and solidarity networks, giving these recurring situations an epic dimension. Human chains, groups crossing rivers, carrying their belongings on their backs are associated with geographic drifts, in which entire continents are in motion. Mass communication sources feed her visua...
Nicola_Lo_Calzo
NICOLA
LO CALZO
Nicola Lo Calzo is an Italian photographer and teacher-researcher (Uni Paris-Cergy and Ensapc) based in France since 2006. He currently works between Bahia and Paris where he runs a course on postcolonial and queer practices in photography at the School Nationale Supérieure d'Arts of Paris-Cergy. He is also a member of the editorial committee of the digital arts research platform PLARA and co-curator of the International Biennial of Photographic Encounters of Guyana. Lo Calzo is the recipient of a Cnap grant (2018) and nominated for the Prix Elysée (2019) and the Niépce prize (2020). In 202...
MARGARITA
BESOSA
Visual Artist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Master in Fine Arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions, among the most outstanding are: SIART International Art Biennial, La Paz, Bolivia (2016) and Totem Corporación Artística y Cultural, Bucaramanga, Colombia (2017). In addition, she was awarded some distinctions such as: II Premio Arte Joven FUGA, Bogota, Colombia (2017).
JORGE
MARÍN
Master in Plastic Arts from the University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Plastic and Visual Arts at the National University of Colombia, Medellín campus. Marín is a teacher of Graphic Design, Illustration and Visual Arts. He has participated in different residencies such as Taller 7 (2014) in Medellín, Colombia; CuBO.X, Casa3Patios (2015) in Medellín, Colombia; Residencias [R.A.T.] (2015), in Mexico City, Mexico; FLORA ars + natura (2015) in Bogotá, Colombia; Bitamine Factoria (2017) in the Basque Country, Spain; Residencia en Bloque ARTBO I...

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