Residence period: September-November 2018
Federico Ortegón is a Colombian artist born in Bogotá. He studied Architecture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and later traveled to Barcelona where he participated for a few years in urban infrastructure projects. He then moved to Helsinki where he trained as an artist at the Finnish University of the Arts and worked as a researcher and teacher. This experience led him to produce his work from very varied media such as sculpture, video, installation and photography. His works have been exhibited in Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, Holland, Sweden, Brazil and Colombia.
Concern for political issues and problems of the territory in Colombia have characterized his most recent works. "Fine step for Muybridge" is a piece composed of two projects: the first is a video where frames of a Colombian fine step horse are projected, reinterpreting one of the first studies on the mechanics of animal movement, carried out by the British Eadweard Muybridge . The second is an installation that aims to analyze the gait of the Colombian paso fino horse. Both exhibited in the same room, they display the elements of the paso fino that, from that analysis, is presented as a historical precipitate and as the concretion of aesthetic paradigms and social structures.
"Eight emeralds", meanwhile, speaks in the first instance of the material. This work is composed of galvanized sheet cubes (such as ventilation ducts) that house successive layers of Saran (plastic textile used extensively in the city to cover the construction grounds and in the countryside to separate crops and plots) that the The artist intervenes by drawing fibers, to draw geometric shapes that are composed between the translucent layers and build a crystalline, emerald green and luminous space that refers to the mining processes of the country, to the ambition with which the territory is viewed and the possibilities of build the precious through labor and common materials.
In the Cu BO.X
At C3P Federico Ortegón will continue with the development of a project that arises from his exploration with local themes. In the first instance, it will mobilize through different regions of the country collecting different types of land with the aim of relating elements belonging to the geopolitics of violence and mining exploitation. All this construction also speaks of the social structures and the nature of the violent processes that have been so important for nation-building.