La Otra took place between November 7th and December 10th 2013 in Bogotá, Colombia.
Curatorial team: Gabriela Salgado (Argentina-United Kingdom), Edna Sandoval (Guatemala), Emilio Tarazona (Peru-Colombia) and Guillermo Vanegas (Colombia). Artistic direction: Elisabeth Vollert.
Since its inception in 2007 as an experimental platform for contemporary art, La Otra’s purpose has been to inhabit and activate distinct locations of the city, thereby bringing art and the public to unconventional places, enabling interactions and dialogues in tune with contemporary artistic practice.
This edition of the project adopted the “biennial” framework, inviting artists to produce interventions and projects related to the community context and public space in three Bogotá neighborhoods: La Perseverancia, La Macarena and El Bosque Izquierdo, selected because of their central location, historic heritage and for their importance in the cultural and artistic development of Bogotá.
The core concepts for La Otra Bienal in 2013 were Public Space: In/visible borders; Historical Progression: Memory and the contemporary conditions of the urban fabric and Radical Ecology: the city, sustainability, and food sovereignty
La Otra‘s objectives were to promote everyday public space as a creative meeting point in the urban imaginary by means of re-signification, appropriation, and recuperation. Equally, to propose contemporary artistic practices as catalysts of socio-cultural processes by articulating urban space through interventions in different locations, stemming from their respective contexts.To dismantle the territorial, socio-political, economic and cultural barriers linked to civil life in these communities. Likewise, to strengthen the collaboration between art and community within the neighborhoods.
La Otra Bienal aimed to promote interdisciplinary practices, experimentation and research.
Participating artists invited by Gabriela Salgado: Demián Flores Cortes, Harun Farocki, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Moataz Nasr, Sammy Baloji, René Francisco Rodriguez and Fidel Y. Castro.
To see the full programme of exhibitions and events visit La Otra‘s webpage:
La Otra Bienal, Bogotá, Colombia
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