Marginalia - Medellín - Colombia

Astrid González

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Through this section, monthly, we invite agents of the artistic system to share a selection of images related to their practice or current interests. Images are published daily in the header of our website and shared through our Instagram profile. At the end of the month, the complete selection of images is published together with a text that contextualizes them. Here is the selection of April 2022.

From revisions of anthropological and historical texts, I am interested in understanding what has been the representation of the bodies of Africans and Afro-descendants from the sixteenth century to the present. Bodies presented as fields of symbolic dispute in which bestiality, the notion of human races and stereotypes are protagonists in the gaze of the colonial narrative.

These representations have been legitimized in archives, legal documents, photographic records and letters, and I am interested in approaching these sources with the aim of critically reviewing how the gaze on the extra-European, extra-civilized “other” has been developed, especially around the “other” that is not part of a national and regional “us”. Through photography, video and sculpture as plastic languages, I propose to analyze speeches of otherness that were born in colonial times and systematically consolidated to nowadays transit openly in social scenarios.

Photography and video appear as creative research projects, sound is proposed as oral tradition and critical music, the material of the sculptural works as a signifying element, as a giver of meaning. Then, concrete is used as a symbol of urbanization, of the Eurocentric notion of development and civilization, the singing of sacred music as a symbol of eugenics and inquisition, at the same time as a proposal of re-existence and re-signification of African spirituality camouflaged in christs and virgins.


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