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PÁRAMO

Páramo is a publishing project that relates botanical and human anatomy archives with memories, myths and stories from the Guerrero páramo in Colombia, my family's home there. It's an affective ecosystem that explores languages between the personal, the scientific, the speculative and the poetic and proposes other forms of relationship between culture, nature and territory.

 

The book invites on a haptic journey into the páramo through archives, images and different kind of writtings. As the reading goes on, voices and times fade into the qualities of the elements that are being described, such as tiny unclassifiable beings, water plants, deliquescent textures, buried and luminescent objects, among others. 

Years: 2020-2023
Description: publishing project: artist book, editorial action and installation (table, plastic, printed papers, water, ink, hose, motor, bucket).

> Páramo archive and sketch of the book.

This archive was made intervening other archives, like microscopic images of human anatomy (edited as singular plants of Páramo ecosystem), frailejón illustrations from the botanical expedition led by Jose Celestino Mutis in current Colombia (intervened with water and earth to generate textures that fade in figure and backgrounds), as well as scientific texts converted into lists, diagrams and poetic verses that question classifications and representations. The edition and creation of this material has been a constant process of re-printing and scanning, which allowed me to approach the texts and files as images (and therefore as materiality).

 

For a public presentation in the Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid, I did an action with Bruno Angelo to intertwine the archives with tape, soil for plants and water, producing a mutant edition of Páramo. In the process, we randomly read words, letters and images from this archive with the intention of producing sounds and matter reverberations (and not so a traditional reading).

> Reading-action, Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid (2020). 

Installation

The installation seeks to enhance the mutable and fluid dimension of Páramo through a system generated with papers, ink and water. It consists on a table covered in plastic that holds the entire printed file. Above and below the papers, I installed an irrigation system that releases water every 60 minutes and a support that drips CMYK printing inks, fading the hole content and materiality into ink and water. As papers get wet and dry, some dynamic textures are uncontrollably produced, resembling rhythms and lives from the Páramo ecosystem.

 

I made this installation for the collective exhibition "Parece que no hay coincidencias excelentes en tu búsqueda...", in the Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid (2020). With photographies, I recorded the emerging compositions to draw them later and convert them into new archives for the book. After the exhibition, and with the help of Ana Alonso, we made a series of recycled paper using the wet and inked papers that remained from the installation.

> Collective exhibition  "Parece que no hay coincidencias excelentes en tu búsqueda...", Circle of Fine Arts of Madrid (2020). 

In addition to the installation and action, I participated in the UCM Fine Arts -Biblos activity (one hundred years of an old and living library, 2022) with a presentation titled “old files, new files”, sharing the edition and transformation processes of Páramo. I also edited a fanzine with Páramo `s botany and some stones illustrations from the art-work Urban Geology by María Lucía Peña, seeking to relate them in the same publication.

+ (IN) ORGANIC MATTER

- - - - - - - Two fanzines in one, a cyclical dialogue with two beginnings and two endings.

PLANTS AND STONES - - - - - - - - - - - LIVING NON-LIVING BEINGS

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> Presentation "Old files, new files". Byblos: 'One hundred years of an old and living library', Complutense University of Madrid (2022)

All these formats have led to changes in the book edition, which doesn't reduce the understanding of the project into the production of a final book.

I will soon make a production of 100 copies, which will be the reproduction of a book that I carry on with me and that will continue growing and changing. As Ulises Carrion sayed: A book is a living organism.

Páramo is a tropical mountain ecosystem characteristic of the Andes region, located between 3,400 and 5,000 meters above sea level. It is a very important environment because water is born through its fauna and vegetation, allowing its circulation into rivers and waterfalls, as well as the regulation and conservation of humidity.

RISO!! RISO!! RISO

BOTANY: 

FRAILEJONES: