KURATOR REX PRESENTS: Colombian videoart on Post-conflict & Utopia.

Panorama Colombia, the Colombian Film Festival of Berlin, in its fifth version, is pleased to announce its official video art program that will include the participation of: Edinson Quiñones, Alexander Rios, Carol Sabbadini, Santiago Camargo, Miguel Ángel Rojas, Esteban Rivera, Mario Opazo, Fernando Arias, Ricardo Moreno, Carlos Motta, Clemencia Echeverri, Tatyana Zambrano, Diego Aguilar, Sandra Regifo.

“The savages that inhabit it would be civilized, and our possessions would be increased in the acquisition of the Goajira [territory]. This nation would be called Colombia, as a tribute of justice and gratitude to the breeder of our hemisphere.”
Simón Bolivar The Jamaica Letter, September 6, 1815.

We come from the times of the 'post-' prefix, where the need and expectation to travel towards future realities, hopefully better, has become evident. Great "discoveries" of the western world have become evident here: through post-truth, cynicism was rediscovered; through post-conflicts, the disillusionment we manifested towards utopias was rediscovered (like the long-awaited and elusive "stable and lasting peace" that is claimed to exist today in Colombia); through postmodernity, on the globalized scale of Western ideological structures, failure was rediscovered and through post-colonialism, we deeply hope that shame has been rediscovered in the face of an abysmal colonial legacy. The brief quote of Bolivar transcribed at the beginning of this text is sufficiently extensive to clearly show part of the colonial matrix of powers with which our independent nation, Colombia, was conceived and constituted. Hierarchies of domination in class, race and economy tell how ideological structures are exclusionary, naturalized and easy to identify. The opposition of the savage to the civilized will continue to account among other things, why the fellow rural and peripheral, as well as their struggles and leaders, are always identified in a condition of tacit inferiority against the interests of the one who is urban, central and enlightened. This is an important value when qualifying contemporary political initiatives such as wanting to separate the territory of Cauca in two, one for mestizos and another for aboriginals , in a region that has the most extensive list of murdered social leaders of the recent Colombian ‘post-conflict'. In the national identity, the legacy which we must fight against remains, this 'tribute of justice and gratitude to the breeder of our hemisphere', converts our nation in the paradigm of the colonial nature of being, of knowledge and power. In this homage to Christophorus Columbus, Colombia carries in its implicit name the categorical denial of all those excluded from the national memory. Colombia was once Ecuador, Nueva Granada (now Colombia) and Venezuela united, of course, the expanded dream of Bolivar may had been that the Abya Yala, or the entire America, were also a united Colombia. For those who might prefer the prefix 'de', from the “Decolonial option”, perhaps an alternative to follow an independence project like the one of 'Colombia', would be precisely to de-colombianize its identity, in the midst of an analytical and practical effort for de-linking and confronting these colonial matrices of power in religion, state and society. That is, to reverse the homage or at least to question those ideological structures that make it possible in the collective unconscious. This is the intention, not unique, but shared, of the selected audiovisual projects that are part of this exhibition.
By Julián Santana.


Day 1

Edinson Quiñones. CA - U - CA. 2018
Alexander Rios. El mensaje de la montaña. 2018
Carol Sabbadini. Mi Lengua. 2012
Santiago Camargo. Idolación. 2017
Miguel Ángel Rojas. Dogma y conciencia. 1999
Esteban Rivera. The extension of the heaven. 2016
Mario Opazo. La imágen. 2013

Length of the program: 45 min

VIDEOCRATICA - Audiovisual Research and Creation Residencies Program. This year KURATOR REX, Official Video Art Program Panorama Colombia, will host some of the projects Videocrática, residence audiovisual creation initiative in Colombia El Kruce projects in partnership with Kunstrial e.V. in Germany. In this second year of the exchange program for artistic residencies between Colombia and Germany, Videocrática will receive in Berlin between March 14 and April 14 the Colombian artists: Sandra Rengifo, Alexander Ríos, and -La Radio Criolla- as a guest project to the sound creation residence.

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