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Andrés Matías Pinilla. Toma tu marrano de la serie ¡A la memoria del muerto!, 2014. Drawing colored pencil on paper 50 x 38.5 in.

William Bahos. Lengua, 2014. Oil on canvas. 57 x 57 in.

Felipe Arturo. Vin Mariani o Coca Cola retro, 2015. Installation, wooden shelf, glass bottles, wine and coca leaves. 23.6 x 25.5 x 7.8 in.

Francois Bucher. Chiquita, 2005. 12 photographs RC Color. 9.8 x 13.4 in. (each).

Carlos Castro. Raíz, 2013. Ensamblaje. 43 x 27.5 in.

Art Notes
Pulsiones, Colección Proyecto Bachué (Drives, Colección Proyecto Bachué)
Museo Rayo


Roldanillo, Colombia

 "Drives, Colección Proyecto Bachué" consisted of works by a group of thirty Colombian contemporary artists that included José Alejandro Restrepo, Rosemberg Sandoval, José Horacio Martínez, Juan Fernando Herrán, Juan Manuel Echavarría, François Bucher, and Alberto Baraya. Through different techniques and approaches the works by these artists addressed the concepts of violence and death that have permeated a good part of Colombian society. Several armed groups in Colombia have been responsible for generating a state of desolation and despair. They have drawn the conflict into a downward spiral, not only as result of their armed confrontations but also through drug trafficking, kidnappings, and an assault to Colombia's infrastructure and natural resources. This has produced a country of citizens who have become very familiar with anxiety and mourning.

The curator of the exhibition, Miguel González, selected works that from different poetics, certainties and uncertainties are defiant and shed light on different forms of pain. In this sense,  the exhibition featured documents, objects, installations, photographs, and videos that were used to illustrate and document aspects pertaining to physical and moral violence through the production of a critical, inquisitive, and nonconformist art that generates conceptual reflections from a political perspective, offering opinions, inquiries, and discussions about art and its meaning.

The exhibition featured works from the Colección Proyecto Bachué, an organization interested in the study, research, conservation, and dissemination of Colombian modern and contemporary art. This collection seeks to develop a body of work that corresponds to the development of art in Colombia through a focus that allows for the exploration and challenge of meanings. The collection does not try to be neutral or aestheticist; instead it seeks to be an agent of change that generates questions and delves into issues.

Based on a selection of works from a private collection, "Drives, Colección Proyecto Bachué" underscored the importance of responsible and relevant art collecting, in this instance by clarifying objectives that shed light on its intention to offer a critical gaze through works and authors that have centered their narratives on the exploration of the Colombian conflict.

According to Miguel González: "Beyond the desire for this conflict to be resolved and the success of the series of negotiations with the various armed groups involved, it is important to point out the pressing response by artists to this abnormal and unsettling situation imposed on Colombian society. The power of this collection resides on the cries from the different voices that propose signifying images surrounding the phenomenon."



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