On Saturday, January 30th, 2016, Blau Projects promotes the opening of the exhibition Território, povoação, a result of its program of incentive for young curators, the C.LAB. The second edition of the program had, as chosen curatos, Gabriel Bogossian and Juliana Gontijo, that exhibit the present show with latin-american artists that question the problematics of the territories of the continent, since colonization until present days. They are: Andres Bedoya, Carlos Guzmán, Julián D’Angiolillo, Victor Leguy and Ximena Garrido-Lecca. Apart from the opening of the exhibition, the gallery launches the thrid edition of C.LAB, a program dedicated to reveal young latin-american curators with a financial aid and that, in 2016 offers, for the first time, an artistic residency in Buenos Aires.
“In Latin-American history, land problems are recurrent. Since colonization, the disputes for land and its possession are a part of our everyday life, be it in an agricultural, environmental, ethnical contexts or a reflexion of the many favelas in latin-american cities. The exhibition works with this background, with works that approach the issue in various manners of our territories and the narratives that make them”, say curators Juliana Gontijo, a Brazilian who lives in Buenos Aires, and Gabriel Bogossian, a Brazilian who lives in São Paulo.
The name of the project is a reference to the title of an ensemble of classes the French Michel Foucault taught in France in the 1970s, investigating the relationship between the transformations of government ways and understanding of territory. Peruvian Ximena Garrido-Leca presents the video Contornos, from 2014, and shows the archaeology of a pre-Colombian past in a village in Peru contrasting with privatisation operations and mining activities. The dispute between heritage and modernity, tradition and progress, is, invariably, abandonment.
Antropolis, instalation by Argentinean Julián D’Angiolillo, made in 2011, is a project that fabricates an anomalous space neighbour to Tecnopolis, a science and technology fair the Argentinean government built to celebrate the 200 years of the country in Buenos Aires’ suburbs. The works exposes rawly the reality of latin-american suburbs and relativises the development and progress speeches that follow the uncontrollable and monstrous grouth of our metropoles.
Colombian Carlos Guzmán shows the video Colheita, from 2015, that presents a map of the city of São Paulo based on coffee plants found in the streets along two years. The artist becomes a collector of the plants on the ways of the harvestings made in the mountains of Colombia, searching for the best red grains. At the same time, Colombian immigrants enunciate the causes of geographical, social and cultural displacements of Colombian cities in relation to São Paulo.
The presence of immigrants in the city of São Paulo is the theme of the installation Irrealidades ficcionais pouco importantes, an original work by Brazilian artist Victor Leguy, made up of drawings, objects and videos with stories that sound almost fictional and testimonies of characters not found in the media.
Río Negro, by Bolivian Andrés Bedoya, made in 2014, part of an ensemble of eight videos that compose the installation with the same name, shows a close-up of Choqueyapu river, with it’s contaminated foam, that crosses the city of La Paz. The river that was responsible for the historical development of the city for it contained large quantities of gold is today considered a great geographical catastrophe. The rivers reflect their surroundings and its political, economical and social conditions.