In Latin America and in Colombia in particular, there is an important textile tradition that has passed from generation to generation and that has been one of the most important inheritances of our pre-Columbian cultures. The fabric apart from having a poetic relationship with the utopian structure of society is related to the territory and therefore to nature.
Olga de Amaral is a chronicler of multiple times and towns. Her tapestries, assembled with complex frameworks, give an account of a huge technical ability, which for 6 decades have been essential to decipher a civilization, a culture and a tradition. Amaral's works have been read and interpreted in different stages of the world projecting what we could identify today as an aesthetic textile posture, which the art scene has recognized with the presence of her work in more than 40 museums around the world. After 87 years of plots and warps, her work brings together detailed technical qualities that have unveiled an aesthetic underworld loaded with enormous spiritual meanings.
In the case of Ana Gonzalez who has developed her work around the impact of deep problematics such as forced displacement in Colombia, deforestation and the relationship of humans with nature, the fabric is incorporated as a tool that talks about the strong impact of the human and the way we are devastating our territory and destroying the greatest wealth we possess not only as a nation but as a species.
Vanessa Gomez, the youngest artist of the proposal, brings together in her work multiple traditional weaving techniques, to talk about the deep link that this knowledge has with Mother Earth, in contrast to the waste of resources related to consumerism and mass textile production. Her work, which is loaded with visual poetry, gives body to the meditative exercise immersed in the action of weaving.
Finally, the work of Swedish artist Daniel Nystrom, constantly moves between art, design and architecture, always questioning the intangible limits of the three disciplines. It was in 2002, in his first visit to Colombia, that he found in the country's artisan tradition the raw material for the development of his work. His pieces are the mixture of two distant aesthetics in body and concept, which manages to articulate masterfully for the creation of pieces that respect their Nordic origin, and in turn, embrace and reinterpret Colombian ancestral traditions.