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La Chute

Corps poétique / corps politique : Montreal

La Chute curators proposed to DARE-DARE a project in two parts where ten Quebec artists go to Bogota and where DARE-DARE welcomes four Colombian artists.

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La Chute : Corps poétique / corps politique

La Chute curators proposed to DARE-DARE a project in two parts where ten Quebec artists go to Bogota and where DARE-DARE welcomes four Colombian artists.

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(1st part of the Canada-Colombia Exchange)
July 13 to 24, 2004
Performances and interventions on October 20th at 12:30 from July 13th to 16th
Gallery exhibition from July 18th to 24th
Round table on Saturday 17 July from 15h00 to 17h00
Opening at 5 pm

Curators: We are not Speedy Gonzales
(Eric Carlos Bertrand, Constanza
Camelo Suarez, Tania de la Cruz and James Partaik)
Special guest: María Teresa Hincapié
Guest artists: Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Francisco Camacho and Imagen Pirata (Ricardo León and Camilo Martínez)
Roundtable participants: Susan Douglas, Patrice Loubier, Sonia Pelletier and María del Carmen Suescún
In collaboration with the Museo de Arte of the Universidad Nacional de Bogotá.

Colombian artists delivered presentations and performances in various locations in Montreal. These actions are archived and were presented at DARE-DARE from 18 to 24 July 2004.

- Artists -

Francisco Camacho: "In art, I find all those things that you can't easily forget: the strange things that make artists take risks. Creation means breaking with the repetition of established things. My work in art doesn't insist on formal or technical references, but rather on thought processes. In fact, sleeping is the art that has been best developed so far."

Pedro Gómez-Egaña: As a composer, sound artist and dancer, Pedro Gómez-Egaña is interested in the diverse relationships between sound and the body. The performative movement of bodies and objects corresponds to a narrative approach similar to the artist's musical compositions. "I'm looking for a currency of space in which a series of referents can be confronted at the moment of reading by the spectator. For this reason, I'm interested in producing ambiguous states that also possess narrative and even, why not, romantic power."

María Teresa Hincapié: Colombian artist María Teresa Hincapié has developed an international career in performance art. Known for her long-term, ritualistic actions, Hincapié also creates site-specific interventions in which bodies and objects question their relationship to advertising and functional space. The artist also works as a teacher, which has enabled her to establish a transmission of art that is important for the work of younger generations of performance artists in Colombia.

IMAGEN PIRATA: This artists' collective, made up of Ricardo León and Camilo Martínez, creates contextual devices through which it questions artistic creation as a production determined by the values of local and global reality. Through dialogue and reflection, the artist duo problematize the limits of artistic practice in relation to other cultural fields and socio-economic processes. The collective's site-specific interventions are created with an economy of means, make use of piracy and deal with the formal imperfection of the image.

- Lecturers -

Art historian, critic and curator Patrice Loubier is interested in current art issues, and has been working on them for several years. Loubier has produced numerous writings and reflections on issues such as intervention art, stealth, accident, dissemination and the commensalism between art practice and existence. He was notably involved in curating and organizing the artist-run center Skol's Les commensaux program.

Sonia Pelletier is an art historian, critic and curator. She is currently in charge of publishing at Centre d'information Artexte. Over the past fifteen years, she has collaborated with several artist-run centers in Quebec and has written for: Inter, C Magazine, Esse arts + opinions and Espace. Founder of PAJE Éditeur, from 1989 to 1996 she directed this publishing house devoted to literary works and exhibition catalogs. She is interested in practices related to migration and diaspora expressed through body art.

Susan Douglas teaches contemporary art theory and history at the University of Guelph's School of Fine Arts and Music, where she specializes in contemporary Latin American art and culture. Dr. Douglas is also interested in theories of vision and visuality, and conceptual art. She has written extensively in Canada and abroad.

Artist and art historian María Del Carmen Suescún is completing her doctoral studies in History and Art History at McGill University. Specializing in Latin America, her doctoral research problematizes the most controversial visual representations of the body during the political crisis in Colombia. In her research, teaching, publications and communications, she interacts the methods and sources of the historian with those of the visual artist, questioning the interpretive spaces each constructs to make sense of the past and of individual and collective experiences. She is also interested in the concepts of public history and memory, as well as the North-South relations that have divided the Americas since the twentieth century.