© Juan Manuel Echavarría, avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste et de la Galerie Josée Bienvenu, New York.

Requiems (2003-2011)

Juan Manuel Echavarría

September 10 to October 15, 2011

Visual Arts
September 10 to October 15, 2011

Curated by Anne-Marie Ninacs

In Colombia, Bocas de Ceniza [Mouths of Ash] is the name of the mouth of the Magdalena River, from which the victims of violent conflicts plaguing the country are recovered. In the video work Bocas de Ceniza, the macabre river delta becomes the mouth of 7 witnesses who sing a second requiem a cappella: the poignant account of the traumatizing events that they have experienced. The photo-based Requiem NN bears witness to the compassionate Colombians who recover and bury these nameless bodies, offering them a memorial of sorts and, in a way, returning to them the identity that has been stolen. As he discreetly smuggles out these acts of resistance and resiliency, Juan Manuel Echavarría suggests, in his exhibition Requiems (2003-2011), that poetry has the power to transform damage into social cohesion.

In collaboration with Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Juan Manuel Echavarría is now based in both New York and Bogotá. At first a writer, Juan Manuel Echavarría turned to video and photography in the 1990s to react to the declining situation in Colombia. Since 1998, his work has been presented throughout the world, including at the Museo de Arte Moderno*in Buenos Aires, the *Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, Jeu de Paume in Paris, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Josée Bienvenu Gallery which represents him in New York.

Juan Manuel Echavarría

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