A Posteriori II
Consuelo Manrique exhibits paintings that tell of the road to healing that women who have fallen prey to the armed conflict in Colombia undertake.
Beatriz Esguerra Art is pleased to present Colombian artist Consuelo Manrique’s solo exhibition A Posteriori II, scars. In it, Manrique presents her interpretation of the painful story of those women who have fallen prey to the armed conflict in Colombia, and the road they undertake in order to attempt to heal their wounds. This series begins around the year 2006, when the artist travels outside of the city of Bogota to work as a teacher. During this time, she finds herself facing the recurring topic of violence against women, and its intrinsic relation to the armed conflict the country was living through at the time.
Manrique’s work remains, amid all its vitality and potency, delicate, engulfing the magic of what is feminine. It embodies a femininity that is furious and courageous without ceasing to be delicate. The art of sewing and embroidering are protagonists in her pieces; they refer to the patience and the care that a healing process requires. On several occasions, the canvas and paper are torn to then be repaired through the use of a needle and thread, emulating the sutures that stitch together a wound.
Manrique’s use of color is also an essential element in this series. Red is a potent color, full of tenacity, but it can also be violent and aggressive. A shade of intense red can be related with the fatality of blood. White evokes a sort of visible vacuity, but can also be pure and exquisite, while yellow and gold serve as a thread between white and red; they are harmonious, presenting the possibility of hope and healing. And finally, the only cold presence found in the series is that of the color purple, which is curiously, the warmest of the cool shades, and is also yellow’s complementary color. So, formally speaking, the contrast between these different tones generates a kind of visual harmony that grants balance to the images.
The show consists of 19 two-dimensional works in several sizes and techniques, varying from drawing, to serigraphy, to painting, and even includes intervention on canvas and paper. The exhibition will also be part of the VIP agenda during Bogota’s International Art Fair (ARTBO).
The show’s curatorial text is included here. High definition photographs are available at the gallery at request of those interested.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
ON VIEW THROUGH
October 29, 2018