Artists: Omar Castañeda, Piers Calvert, Gwen Burnyeat, Claudia Fischer, María Cárdenas, Lorena Cervera Ferrer,Erwin Goggel, Alvaro Diego Gomez Campuzano, Andrés Beltrán and selected guest artists to be announced.
“The New Face of Colombia- La cara nueva de Colombia” is an exhibition whose theme is change. Today as never before Colombia, is going through an extraordinary period of change social, political and cultural. The aim of this exhibition is to highlight those changes, one might say to look at the new faces and visions of the country and its people through the variety of stories told by the participating artists using their own particular mediums of expression.
The exhibition will be held over the three floors of the Art Bermondsey Project Space Gallery, a new not-for-profit creative platform promoting the fusion of art, photography and culture located in the vibrant area of Bermondsey in London. It is a flagship venue offering exhibitions for both emerging and established artists combined with visionary, interactive, educational and early learning programmes to showcase freedom of creative expression through the visual arts.
Each artist in his own way provides a different take on that story of change.
Omar Castañeda’s “Panela: the New Golden Age” embraces the history of Panela (sugarcane) through the decades from a rare luxury for the few to a national pleasure for all. The work of the Colombian/British artist is featured in paintings, prints and objects all made from panela in his main floor installation.
Piers Calvert will be exhibiting his work “The Way We Are Now”, using his photographs to illustrate the way contemporary indigenous people still paint their bodies in a traditional manner to retain their customs as well as portraits of the workers from the emerald mines of Colombia.
The ground floor of the gallery will be a Screening Room which will feature a series of films documenting Colombia and its people in many regional landscapes, communities, its charities and arts and cultural events:
-Gwen Burnyeat’s video “Chocolate of Peace” illustrates the changes within the community of San Jose de Apartadó and their cultivation of chocolate which in turn led to creating a local community of peace after years of struggle and displacement.
-Claudia Fischer’s video “As the tree under the hurricane” highlights the story two young Arhuacan women, Ati and Mindhiva, from the Sierra who are enabled to attain a higher level of education to contribute with their people, to preserve their culture and walk in a new path never possible before.
-Lorena Cervera Ferrer’s video 2nd UP asks if can education break the assumption that the children’s social class predetermines their future? It portrays the life of 12 Colombian girls who come from underprivileged backgrounds over a period of two years. They attend a special school that hopes to equip them with skills to challenge this assumption
-Erwin Goggel’s video Del Palenque De San Basilio features the musicians, singers, dancers and drummers of San Basilio de Palenque, the descendants of the fugitive slaves who escaped from Cartagena de Indias some three hundred years ago.
-Alvaro Diego Gómez Campuzano’s video Atarraya exalts the customs and traditions of the Atarraya community and its ancestors through the weaving of fishing nets in artistic methods almost left in oblivion.
-Andrés Beltrán’s short film El Librero was screened in all the cinemas of Cine Colombia during May and June of 2015. It is a story about the love for books... and well, about the first love!
In addition we are currently reviewing submissions by contemporary emerging Colombian filmmakers which will be announced nearer the date of the exhibition opening.
-Maria Cardenas’s installation La Guayabera de Paz, also on the ground floor, uses her medium of flax and linen to weave the traditional Guayabera, a white linen shirt worn for many important occasions in Colombia and represents the idea of peace and renewal.