Madrid

Federico Guzmán

Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Since October 1997, Federico Guzmán, an artist from Seville, has lived in Bogota, and for his recent show in Madrid he used Colombia’s luxuriant vegetation as a point of departure for his art, which straddles anthropology, science, and daily life. Titled “Echando raices en el aire” (Taking root in the air), the exhibition transformed the gallery into a kind of lush greenhouse, to resplendent effect.

One of Guzman’s installations comprised a set of metallic-green slates made of iron or wood with flange edges. Some of the slates were originally part of an interactive exhibition (held last May at the Casa Cultural El Solar in Bucaramanga, Colombia), whose title, “El reencauche” (The rerubbering), refers both to the rubber tree and tractor tires that were part of Guzmán’s installation and to the dialogic process engendered by the work itself. For that show, the artist invited the people of the

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