Carretera al mar, Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia.
Curated by Alejandro Martín
The Colombian Pacific coast is a territory that has chronically suffered from marginalization, exclusion and segregation. In the port of Buenaventura and the surrounding area, there are more than 17 mega-projects proposed that will compromise and use up to 80 percent of the territory. Effectuating these mega-projects would stomp on the human rights of the inhabitants of that area, would trample on the individual and collective efforts to gain land from the sea and reclaim land in the area, and would undermine the preservation of the cultural and ancestral traditions of a population that is majority black. This work reflects on the dramatic impact that the industrialization of the port of Buenaventura has on the life, the customs and the ways of economic subsistence of a community in resistance.
This work consists of a staircase to which viewers ascend, individually, to learn about future mega-projects that will take place in the port area of Buenaventura. When people are at the top of the stairway, they notice the presence of my body, confined in a small space under their feet.
(Presented as part of the project “The future of memory” with the support of the Goethe Institut)