¿De acuerdo a que? (Installation)

Part of “Esta lengua que no es mía” a two-person exhibition curated by Nadia Moreno Moya at Camara de Comercio sede Chapinero, Bogotá, 2019.

A sign is, among other things, an arbitrary chain of signifiers that, by social consensus, indicates the named thing. After four years of collecting photographs of the hand gestures that the politicians who took part in the dialogues with the Farc-EP in Havana, I created the installation According to what? which is intended to dismantle the notion of ‘sign’ by means of a series of drawings and collages that reduce the hand gestures to their most schematic form. The drawings created are variously composed of an image from the archive, a drawn sign, painted papers or scraps of paper from different found sources, such as old pages of the Colombian constitution and texts related to the study of oratory. As a result, the installation broadens the notion of writing while evidencing the established character of the signifier and the infinite propagation of meaning. My interest is to privilege each gesture as a unit which functions as a sign in corporeal discourse. With this operation and its arbitrary method, I attempt to disrupt the order of the archive and contaminate its evidence. This procedure can be repeated, apparently endlessly; at present exist as a body of work of 380 drawings, but the possibility always exists for more. The installation is, in fact, a monumental archive of power signage. It questions the division between the personal and the universal as it operates within the process of making history. Most importantly, despite the historical period it addresses, the installation refuses to answer the call for interpretation; instead, each drawing attempts to present the potential for intuitive connection instead of providing answers.

Installation view at Camara de Comercio sede Chapinero, Bogotá, 2019. Photo © Ramon Laserna.

Installation view at Camara de Comercio sede Chapinero, Bogotá, 2019. Photo © Ramon Laserna.