The 21st century is characterized by fragmentation and the search for identity. The works featured in this collection question the roles of the church, family, ancestry, the rural, and the urban.

The 21st century is a period of hybridization in which crucial themes such as identity, gender, ancestral legacy, ecology, technology, and critical thought are afforded equally significant value.
Born in Sogamoso, Boyacá, Colombia, Guache presents popular Latin American graphic and ancestral imagery, mixed with contemporary elements of graffiti and street art. He has taken his visual work to the streets, painting walls in various cities and regions throughout Colombia, and even different Latin American and European countries.

Mural work in the Minuto de Dios neighborhood; a testament to the ancestral communities that still exist across the whole of America.

The creation of a mural in a public space is also an opportunity to strike up dialog and meet passers-by, local residents, and the media.

"The Jaguar" represents a connection with the power of the night; the possibility of penetrating the darkness with stealth and without fear.

The jaguar's jaws, and especially its teeth, form part of the iconography of almost every American culture.

Interview for the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá, in which Guache talks about his relationship with the museum and the community.

Indians of the Asphalt exhibition in the project room at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá.

This exhibition included work produced directly onto the walls, paintings, linocuts and screen prints, exploring themes of ancestry and mythology.

Color is fundamental to understanding Guache's work.

The characteristic features of our indigenous peoples, with their penetrating gaze and ritual painting.

Guache's work on the third floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art used the room's lamp to form part of the indigenous face.

The shamanistic sessions are also part of the hybrid identity expressed by Guache.

Guache's murals in the city of Bogotá and his work with communities.

Karolina Bebop
Born in Bogotá, Colombia. Visual Artist, Tattoo Artist. Her work is internationally acclaimed for the quality of her drawing, her conceptualization, and her unique strokes when it comes to body tattoos.

Bebop uses the illustration of the Kraken to explain the behaviors rooted within human beings and our fascination for darkness in the search for identity.

Her tattoos integrate the fauna and flora of the Americas.

Humpback whales have been one of her preferred motifs throughout her tattooing career.

Much of her work is characterized by combining architectonic and biomorphic elements.

Born in Girardot, Tolima, Colombia. Garavato is a multi-disciplinary artist. His work includes projects as varied as graphic, industrial, and interior design, as well as art direction and illustration. He learned to combine his passions and formulate them on walls; on the streets, in bars, or in his friends' homes.

Garavato connects the internal search, change, transformation, and the fusion of energy. Man as a being, at one with wildlife and in harmony with the ecosystem.

As well as canvases, his work also includes urban art and illustration. He has excelled with large-scale projects that incorporate spaces within the city.

The metaphors of assimilated men and animals are no joke, but a statement about unifying the ecosystem.

Juan Carlos Jiménez
Born in Pasto, Nariño, Colombia. His work focuses on the use of organic materials such as volcanic ash, clay, and plant fibers, which are conceptualized into objects.

Interview for the Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá channel during the presentation of his thesis.

Didactic workshop with college students to create houses using different materials during the "TESIS 2013" project.

The series R(e)(u)tina is a play on words between the two concepts "retina" and "routine" ("rutina" in Spanish). It looks at the city through the eyes of a visitor.

Gloria Erazo
Born in Bogotá, Colombia. The archetype of gender in objects, and the notion of femininity as a constructed categorization of being a "woman," are the bases for her art. Her work focuses on questioning those attributes of a woman's body that make her so suited to managing the household, securing her reign over the domestic space.

Herazo's work is dominated by liberating criticism, the woman's struggle for freedom, the vision of the feminist movement, and equal rights for men and women.

Recording by the Spanish arts channel from her exhibition at the Ángel Romero gallery in Madrid.

Herazo questions the role of the woman and her place in an unequal society.

Her work gives new meaning to the notion of the woman versus the supreme rule of gender in the domestic space, and ridicules the parameters of oppression.

The archetype of gender in the representation of objects, and the notion of femininity as a constructed categorization of being a "woman," are part of her critical design.

In this interview, Herazo talks about her life, and the elements that have influenced her work.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá - UNIMINUTO
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Curation, research, selection, and texts:
Gustavo A. Ortiz Serrano

Recording, database, documentation, and coordination:
Wilmar Tovar Leyva

Works in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá—a cultural entity of the Minuto de Dios University Corporation (UNIMINUTO).


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