Curatorial Project – Cultural Center of Cali – Yohanna M Roa
The art-nature relationship shows the socio-economic characteristics of the environment in which it was created. From Ancient Greece and the search for mimesis, passing through the sublime character that romanticism saw in nature, to the 19th century imaginary of unlimited nature as a territory to conquer and exploit. In its beginning, the modern project stated that technological development and the manipulation of nature allowed man to reconcile with society. However, this relationship with nature raised a contradiction that has ended up limiting the freedom of human beings, science has transgressed the natural substrate in which man lives1, in favor of the economic potential that it has. The Natures of a Happy World Exhibition is located in that substratum that has been transgressed and to which all individuals, including artists, are devoted daily in almost all human spheres.
For us, nature passes through a sieve: that of the city as a sense of the human, in which its meaning or value is found in its functionality for society: plants on facades, internal gardens and orchards, rocks that Removed from their original place have a cost, a measure and a weigh, photographs of plants or landscapes that are possibly not necessary for those who live submerged in a natural space.
The artists who participate in this exhibition have an important point of convergence: the City, we reside permanently in it, for this reason, the works that are part of this exhibition pose different perspectives that show relationships, looks, questions and positions that We assume from the art in front of the dilemma that the society-nature relationship has created in this city. As individuals, we respond in one way or another to the impositions of inhabiting a space in which society and culture absorb nature without understanding the human being as a being immersed in it.
Jorge Lozano (Colombia – Canada)
Title: Green Bunker / Búnker Verde – Video
Visual test. Dromology of the possible end of the green. Using a patch of Max MSP to generate midi notes randomly the image formalization and rhythm was controlled through sound improvisation. Made live.
Title: Black Dog, 2016.
Rubber tire and ball. 2.5m x 2.5m
It is a text, the lyrics of a song by the rock group three souls in my mind, by rocker Alejandro Lora, only it is translated into the banana language. The words would be replaced by banana peels made of tire rubber. with the images it will be clearer.
William Andrés Narvaez Cedeño (Cali)
Title: “GREEN FIELDS OF LIFE AND SOLAZ”
Photography. Dimensions: 50cm X 40cm
“Green fields of life and solace” is a work made up of 6 photographs to date. The images are made up of a landscape and a foreign element, a paper print of a tree endemic to the region. These images have been downloaded from the internet, edited and printed and placed again on the Valle del Cauca landscape, precisely on extensive hectares dedicated to the cultivation of sugar cane.
Monica Espinosa (Mexico)
Title: Elemental Spirits
Installation: Everything in this room must at some point have been part of a star that exploded and spread throughout the universe.
Furniture, blackboard, sign, furniture, space.
Janeth Blanco (Cali)
Installation. – Seeds, cloth, plants, water.
I kept a seed collection of what I ate daily, then I began to draw pictures of the seeds and plants not only those that I frequently consumed, but also those that are used for medicinal and / or edible purposes. Make ephemeral drawings with the seeds. I found that sprouts have a high nutritional value and I tried to germinate some seeds. Watching them I saw them grow on walls with words; I then began to elaborate words on which I placed the seeds that later germinated and grew there; Chia appeared among the seeds that had reached my hands, which was very interesting for what I wanted to do because of its high germination rate and its rapid growth.
Title: Edible City / Taste the City / Sprouting City / Street Garden
(Edible City / Try the City / City that sprouts / Street Garden)
Title: Edible City
Venue and Date: Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 2016
Medium: Participatory Art / Seeds / Map
The piece consists of a map of the city center of Cali and kits that include small bags of edible sprout seeds with instructions on how to grow them. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to take the seeds and encouraged to plant on any small piece of land they find in the city (the shoots easily grow into small crevices between pavement stones for example, etc.).
Jeronimo Hagerman (Mexico)
Garden and lotuses
postcard with mold growth
A crop is also a garden on a different scale, and in this case a mushroom crop germinated on the reproduction of the image of another garden.
Kristhian Castro (Cali)
Title: Fox Stonemason
Photography – Poliptico – Dim: variables
In Cali, the tutelary hills of Cali have several fires per day due to the drought and criminal hands, the firefighters do not give up and we all see terrified as the vegetation recoils surrendering to the inclement fire. wildlife is the most affected, it is being displaced from its habitat forced by thirst and hunger, this leads them to the urban area to suffer the dangers of the proximity of human beings. In several areas of the city there are already sightings of wild animals that we normally never see, my neighborhood is no exception, for several days this cane fox (Cerdocyon thousands) has been visiting our residential area, which is located near the hills that border the city. In the nearby pools he finds his drinking area and in our waste his food, some people feel sorry for him and supply him with some loaves of bread.
1. Ardila Luna Oscar Mauricio. La imposibilidad de la naturaleza: arte y naturaleza en el arte colombiano. Universidad Nacional de Colombia 2007. 172 p.