Carlos Alfonso, Of encounters and other collective readings, in dialogue with Mario-Théo Coppola
Carlos Alfonso is a Colombian artist exploring nomadic life and the relations between superstition
and storytelling. Galerie Paris-Beijing will host his first solo show in Paris bringing new
narratives from the recent trips abroad, a travel journal made of experiences and dialog
In 2016, Carlos Alfonso decided to embark on a journey with his wife, exploring nomadic life as a way to learn throughout the engagement with others, visiting different countries and collecting stories that mirror this anthropological experience where traveling becomes another medium. In his work he appropriates, writes and composes narratives, outlining them in the form of an essay, searching for dialogues between abstraction and concretion. The anecdotal aspect is an alternative vehicle to explore expanded fields which cross in the perception and reading of our past andpresent history. By using sculpture, audiovisual media, cooking, drawing, performance and editorial resources, he constructs situations with the intention of shaping poetics. In some cases, these constructions are developed precisely for a place or are determined by a physical context. In others, the public is involved as an active agent of the work itself. Currently he’s traveling in New Mexico, continuing his research around food, healing and magic, and working on the third number of his comic Ancient Abstract Stories published by La Silueta in Bogotá.