KOREBAJU - WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS
13th November - 5th December 2020 at Offshoot Gallery
This exhibition has been postponed due to the sanitary situation - new dates will be announced soon.
Curated by Sandrine Servent (Mina Raven)
Private View - Thursday 12th November 6:30-9pm
The exhibition ‘Korebaju, while the earth remains’ will present the work of artist César Cuspoca.
César Cuspoca is a Colombian artist (b.1987). His work challenges human perceptions and beliefs established by convention or tradition within society. The idea of experience takes a central role in Cuspoca’s approach and allows him to structure his creative process. Through experiences, Cuspoca produces still images, videos, and sound recordings. He combines these gathered materials with elements of the local environment to build installations in situ.
In 2018, accompanied by a production team and a phonetician, Jenifer Vega, Cuspoca spent a month among the Korebaju (Children of the Earth), an Indigenous community located in the Caqueta region of Colombia. The Korebaju population is estimated at two thousand individuals. Like other groups in the region, they were affected by the exploitation of rubber, minerals and wood which consequently lead to human-forced displacements and environmental damages. It’s a community in danger of disappearance according to UNESCO.
While Cuspoca spent time with the Korebaju, he was struck by their capacity to adapt and survive despite the continuous violence around them. The Korebaju allowed the artist to record sound, video and photographic materials. Cuspoca used these materials subsequently and combined them with items made of copper, iron, wood, coal or rubber that have been found or bought in Europe. The final installations provoke a sensitive reflection on the Korebaju reality and explore the interconnected stories between Indigenous people and Western civilisations.
The exhibition is partnering with CEA, Native Spirit Foundation and Mina Raven.
12 Nov - From 6:30 pm // Opening
Panel discussion hosted by Sandrine Servent featuring César Cuspoca, linguist Jenifer Vega, Professor Thea Pitman and Saulo Bolaños Piranca, activist and member of the Korebaju community.
Afterglow (Diorama), 2018
Video installation with liquid latex and transparent glass (2x1m).
Portraits of Resistance (extract), 2018
Production: Association CEA
artist - cesar cuspoca
César Cuspoca is a Colombian artist, based in France since 2012.
His artistic practice principally nourishes questions of perception, the duality between appearance and disappearance, and materialism and immaterialism. It is, however, more concretely the idea of experience which takes a central role in his approach and which allows him to structure his creative process.
The starting point for these experiences is often linked to the desire to explore unchartered territories, sometimes hostile environments, for example walking for hours over an icy fjord at -30°, getting lost inside the crater of a volcano, spending many weeks in an Amazonian forest among an American-Indian community, or visiting to the beach of an undiscovered village.
Throughout these experiences, whether alone or accompanied by a production and research team, he produces still images, videos, and sound recordings. He combines these gathered materials with elements of the local environment to build installations in situ which speak in the vernacular and have a resonance with the place where the work is both created and exhibited.
Exhibition open every day from Wednesday to Sunday.
12 am - 6:00 pm
Admission is free