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Colombian artists at the Venice Biennale

30 May, 2024

The Venice Biennale 2024, one of the most important art exhibitions in the world, is presented this year under the title “Stranieri Ovunque”, translated into English as “Strangers Everywhere”; true to this, the Venice Biennale will present the work of more than 100 Latin American artists, which is equivalent to more than a third of the artists.

This edition was curated by Adriano Pedrosa, who explains that the title comes from a series of works initiated in 2004 by the Claire Fontaine collective, which consist of different neon sculptures that translate the words “Foreigners Everywhere” into an increasing number of languages; the idea is to explore the concept of foreigners from different perspectives, reflecting the complex realities of identity and belonging in a globalized world.

These are some of the Latin American artists present at the Venice Biennale 2024:

Olga de Amaral:

These are some of the Latin American artists present at the Venice Biennale 2024:

Olga de Amaral, one of Colombia’s most outstanding artists, participates in the Venice Biennale 2024. It presents a series of works that dialogue with the theme of foreigners. Her pieces invite viewers to consider how traditional materials and techniques can be recontextualized to speak to identity and belonging in a contemporary context and invite inquiry into pre-Columbian craft techniques.

Olga de Amaral’s participation in this edition of the Biennial underscores the continued relevance of her work on the global contemporary art scene. His ability to transform the everyday into the sublime and his ability to communicate complex cultural narratives through the materiality of his works make his contribution one of the most anticipated and significant of this exhibition.

Enrique Grau

Elements under an eclipse (1957), a work by Enrique Grau at the Venice Biennale 2024.

His works, imbued with a unique sensibility, explore identity, history and spirituality, capturing the richness of the African-American experience.

Enrique Grau’s presence at the 2024 Venice Biennale is a reminder of his art based on the exploration of cultural identity and artistic expression, being a perfect artist for the concept of highlighting his culture, his origins and capturing this homage in art.

Alejandro Obregon

Alejandro Obregón at the Venice Biennale 2024.

In the context of the Venice Biennale 2024, Alejandro Obregón’s work acquires great relevance by addressing issues of cultural identity and transnationalism. Through his unique style Obregón manages to capture the essence of the Latin American experience and the complexity of identity in an ever-changing world.

Obregón takes on the role of the foreigner who looks with the eyes of a native, who falls in love with a place and exalts through artistic expression the fauna, flora and other aspects of a region that would become his own.

Miguel Ángel Rojas

Artwork by Colombian artist Miguel Angel Rojas exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

He is known for his multidisciplinary approach that encompasses photography, video, installation and performance. His work is characterized by its use of memory, history and politics. Through his multidisciplinary work, Rojas examines the problems of migration, the complexities of Latin American identity and the dynamics of cultural change in a globalized world.

At the 2024 Venice Biennale, Rojas’ work stands out for its ability to reveal the hidden layers of Latin American identity and experience. Through his photographs and videos, Rojas documents daily life in urban and rural contexts, capturing ephemeral moments of human existence.

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