Since the 1950s, millions of Colombians fled the country primarily motivated by the violence and economic upheaval, in what’s been called the Colombian Diaspora. Today, the US hosts over 650,000 Colombians, along with over 300,000 second generation US-Colombians. Many Colombian-US artists have been making the trek back to Colombia to reconnect with the land of their parents and grandparents. We recently had the opportunity to interview three of those artists who spent time in residence at ArteSumapaz; Nicole Combeau, Camilo Cardenas, and Isabel Balcazár.Continue reading
Every nation on earth has its own language through which it expresses itself, narrates who it is to understand its own reality, tells the stories that make it unique; and transmits its myths and traditions to the following generations.Continue reading
This is a brief approach to the native peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the metaphors that inspire them. A story based on the chapter Sacred Geographies from the book The Wayfinders by Wade Davis.Continue reading
Some great info in this article. Also, there is 24 hour testing available in Bogotá near the airport, although i believe it is now a requirement to have a negative test result before entering the country. If you haven´t seen it, we now are offering special residencies during the time of Covid.
With his intimate performance piece Mochilero, US-Colombian experimental artist Camilo Cárdenas reminds us that identity is fluid, widely auto-constructed and an ongoing process, rather than a completed state. Mochilero took place during the Colombian COVID-19 lockdown at the artist residency ArteSumapaz, (located a three hour drive from Bogotá) and is still available for viewing online in summary (length: 15 minutes).Continue reading
Outside at midnight
I suddenly notice,
not far from the terracotta porch,
a slender ladder.
Its silver quenched with days of harvest,
it waits forgotten under the mandarin tree.
Feet sunken, shallow anchors
in a lake of dark grass.
Its head bathing in moonlight.
dimmed by evening’s veil.
Faded orange chronographs
in a country
indifferent to seasons.
But gravity still pulls.
Oval clocks ripening
to tell us how much
time has passed.
by Christina Rupp, Artist in Residence
Executive Director Ric Dragon in interview with Tony Fletcher in One Step Beyond podcast.
por Felipe Duran
En una hacienda incrustada en las faldas del Sumapaz, el día comienza oficialmente para todos los artistas cuando se grita “a comer” para llamar a la mesa. Cada quien coge su plato y se sirve un desayuno vegetariano compuesto de productos locales como la guatila y el café que cultivan los vecinos y productos que vienen de afuera como la miel de maple que alguien trajo de Vermont o la mantequilla de maní que viene en tarro de vidrio y se consigue en los supermercados gringos.Continue reading