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Agustin Parra


  • Date of residence: February - March 2015

  • Topics of experimentation: art, therapy and post-conflict.


Doctor, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of the Basque Country. With training in contemporary music, theater and dance. Since 1991 he has carried out performances, interventions in public spaces and exhibitions (photography, video, relational art) in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany and the USA. He has participated in residency at the Pistoletto Foundation (Biella, Italy), at the Center for Non-Violence through the Arts of Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad, India) and of CuBO.X of Casa Tres Patios (Medellín) . He has published in El Espectador and in the magazines Arte Internacional, Códice and Errata #. He has been a professor at the universities of Los Andes, Javeriana, Cauca, del Valle, the Basque Country and is currently a professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Antioquia. His creative work is aimed at exploring the healing possibilities of contemporary art.

In the CuBO.X

This research explored the fruitful meeting points between art, expressive therapies and the recovery of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.

The experimental process takes into account his performance work, his teaching work with the course "Meditation and Artistic Creativity", and the project Taking Care of Yourself for Victims of Conflict where he developed the Art and Healing module.

This process was approached from a reflection on the expression of pain and the possibility of sharing it. In this way, he takes the tears shed as a starting point for a sculptural exploration and experimentation. Tears as a metaphor that condenses the post-conflict pain and its healing power.

(...) The conviction that art can help dilute pain is the concept that guides this project. At an organic level, tears not only contain salts and minerals, but also certain substances produced by the hypothalamus: prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone and leucine enkephalin. And at the bioenergetic level, they play an important role in promoting emotional self-regulatory capacity. That is why we feel better after crying. It is sought that this liberation transcends the plane of the personal and acquires a community dimension by turning it into consciousness and collective liberation from pain. In this way, art can contribute to the reconstruction of our society during the post-conflict period ”.


  • Art + therapy + post-conflict - Tuesday, February 3

  • Chinese Year of the Goat Celebration - Thursday, February 24

  • The Power of Tears - Wednesday, March 4

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