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Sketch, Bogotá, Colombia
July 14, 2016 – August 20, 2016
With the collaboration of Esteban Hernández, Julia Roldán and Laura Sánchez
In a continuous search to create and produce art that intends to question and challenge our assumptions about what may properly qualify as art , what the function of the artist should be but also what our role as spectators should involve, Daniel Salamanca presents 90grs of Useful Life. By raising difficult and even annoying questions as to what art, in general, aspires to do, he comments on the imperfections and minuscule grain texture spots found on 90g sheets of recycled paper.
By imagining and constructing narratives, he states that imperfections in paper are due to the mixture of particles of diverse elements previously found on discarded material which or who’s content and life spam was unrelated. In this fictional nonsense, he imagines a tourist throwing a luggage retrieval ticket into a bin, an old lady who’s lost a medicine box, a photograph that flew into the air and which are then transformed into something new.
90 grs of Useful Life comments on artisanal methods of paper production, standardised sizing processes, the ambiguities of life spam and use of materials, and more so the construction of cyclical and repetitive narratives as well as the participatory role the spectator plays in this exhibition.
Courtesy of Sketch, Bogotá