RELATOS EN EL PRESENTE
November 16, 2023 -
February 17, 2024
La Balsa Arte Bogotá
Colectiva_La_Balsa_Arte
Panoramic. Relatos en el presente, La Balsa Arte Bogotá

Group show

Represented Artists

MARTHA LUCÍA
RAMÍREZ
DIEGO
ARANGO
ASTRID
GONZÁLEZ
ANDREJ
SAVSKI
ISABEL
GÓMEZ MACHADO
BILAL
CHAHAL
JULIÁN
BURGOS
RAMON
LASERNA
JORGE
BARCO
JEISON
SIERRA
RADENKO
MILAK
ANDRÉS
ORJUELA
JULIANA
CORREA
ANA MARÍA
VELÁSQUEZ

Guest Artists

JORGE
MARÍN
PRISCILA
GONZÁLEZ

Diego Arango Arango · Jorge Barco · Julián Burgos · Bilal Chahal · Juliana Correa · Isabel Gómez Machado · Astrid González · Priscila González · Ramón Laserna · Jorge Marín · Radenko Milak · Andrés Orjuela · Diego Piñeros García · Martha Lucía Ramírez · Andrej Savski · Jeison Sierra · 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...
Jeison Sierra
JEISON
SIERRA
"My work is the result of concerns that wander through the landscape and that aim to generate dialogues with the viewer from a subjective vision. Drawing, painting and sculpture are a fundamental part of my creative process and my individual searches. The personal experience of having left my town has become the starting point and the trigger for this process in which Zaragoza is the contextual reference. My exodus constitutes the turning point in my life experience where the emotional burden of uprooting and loneliness in a context different from mine become triggers of meaning. Absence is...
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...
Ramón_Laserna
RAMON
LASERNA
Ramón Laserna (1977, Colombia) studied Industrial Design at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2016 he participated as a resident in Flora ars + natura, directed by José Ignacio Roca. His graphic exploration is very close to abstract movements and Latin American kinetic art. With his methodical line drawings he achieves a body of work of great diversity. Through small changes in the angle of planes, he produces visual phenomena of vibration, movement, or moiré within a refined formal style. His experimentation revolves around the ideas of line, color and light, with these ...
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 ...
Bilal_Chahal_Retrato
BILAL
CHAHAL
Bilal Chahal was born in Lebanon and lived for several years on the Caribbean island of Aruba. As a migrant, navigating between different cultures, his works navigate the difficult terrain between a personal history and the decentred experience of the diaspora; Identity and human communication are at the center of his work. In it he addresses the question of affection, belonging and identity from different perspectives, producing his work in a rich spectrum of techniques and materials. Since his first paintings, which began with the question of materiality, color and abstraction, his curren...
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...
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ANDREJ
SAVSKI
Visual artist, active in the fields of contemporary art and painting, born 1961 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana. Founding member of artists' collective IRWIN, a group of 5 painters from Slovenia, active in the field of contemporary art since 1983 and founding member of NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst, 1984). IRWIN is committed to the so-called 'retro-principle' which is "not a style or an art trend but a principle of thought" (IRWIN), and a specific variation of the apropriation art. Following the creation of a specific visual language in predominantly pain...
Astrid_González
ASTRID
GONZÁLEZ
Studied Plastic Arts at the Bellas Artes University Foundation in the city of Medellín, graduating with honors. Works from different disciplines such as video, photography and sculpture, addressing reflections on the historical processes of the Afro-descendant communities in America. Her relationship with art also goes through research, for which she obtained a scholarship to study the Certificate of Afro-Latin American Studies, directed by A.L.A.R.I, Harvard University, Boston. Her work has been exhibited in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Angola, Lisbon, and Colombia, recently at the Museum of Memor...
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 ...
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...
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...
PRISCILA
GONZÁLEZ
Graphic Designer from Savannah College of Art and Design, she also studied Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been part of various exhibitions, among the most prominent are: Costa Rica Biennial (2013) and Central American Biennial, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2015), she has exhibited her work in various galleries nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.

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