As a museologist, I’m so excited for the new exhibition at the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC): LARA (Latinamerican Roaming Art). In its fourth edition, it is the result of a two-week residency in the Galapagos Islands, where 8 artists got inspiration from their surroundings to start a production process. In an area that has been relatively unexplored in what is contemporary art.
Some of the works that struck me the most were: the performance by Maria José Arjona (Bogota, 1973), the sound piece by the same artist, the bottle caps by Emilia Azcárate (Caracas, 1964), the surfboards by the same artist, and the paintings by Pablo Cardoso (Cuenca, 1965).
The performance was really something special. It is an installation of a large number of bottles hanging from the ceiling over a mirror. Maria Jose was inside imitating movements of sea lions. For some, it reflected a sea lion trapped in garbage, for others, it was the animal swimming, with the sound of bottles representing the sound of waves. It was beautiful to see the reflection, as it looked like she was gliding over the bottles.
Next to this, there were written phrases by their sound frequencies. It is a seemingly simple work, but at the same time very strong.
In the first room you can find Emilia’s works. The first pieces were displayed on a surfboard and bicycle rack. The works themselves were abstractions of nature-based designs. The bottle caps were glued on the wall in the form of mandalas, which were all collected (so much garbage on the islands!) and transformed into 8-pointed stars.
Finally, the works of Paul are an expression of the Galapagos Island’s cartographic history. They are small paintings in stunning volcanic stone frames, where the contrast between the glossy images and matte frames gave them great impact. It was a way for the artist to portray the colonial reality in social history.
Overall, I really recommend this exhibition. If you go, do not forget to tag us in your photos!