São Paulo

Fernando Arias

Galeria Eduardo H. Fernandes

Chocó, one of Colombia’s thirty-two provinces, lies on the country’s northwest border with Panama. Fernando Arias settled in the town of Nuquí in the jungles of Chocó in 2006. There, he helped found Casa Chocolate, a cultural center aimed at doing socially committed work in a region known for its fertile vegetation, grinding poverty, and violent conflict. All of these concerns are reflected in Arias’s recent work, including the installation Humanos Derechos (Humans Standing Upright), 2008, which consists of four video projections showing three members of conflicting Colombian factions (the army, the guerrilla movement, and a paramilitary group) and a peasant removing their clothing before the camera. The peasant seems to embody the victimization produced by the other three. Each was filmed for five minutes, and their actions are synchronized. Whether men or women, members of one ethnic

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