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32Unfolding memories

Rosario Lopez *1970, Bogotá, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Rosario López Parra (born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1970) combines landscape photography and sculptural installation to explore nature and the eruption of forces within it. López Parra does not map or document landscape but seeks to transform unseen forces of wind and temperature into tangible sensations, using photographs of structures and the installation of these structures within the gallery to visualize the invisible and create a sculptural space between object, spectator, and gallery. Although she draws on Minimalism and Land Art, her work diverges from these traditions, as she merges the political and transcendental and then returns the work to the gallery space opening a continuum between nature and the white cube, landscape and its representation.

López Parra lives and works in Bogotá, where she teaches at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. López Parra’s work has been shown in South America and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Australian National Capital Artist, ANCA(Canberra, 2016) Casas Riegner Gallery (Bogotá, 2010, 2012), KBK Gallery (Mexico City, 2009), Nara Roesler Gallery (Sao Paulo, 2009), and Atelie Da Imagen (Rio de Janeiro, 2007). She has taken part in group exhibitions at galleries and museums such as the Foundation Cartier(Paris, 2013), Musée National des Beaux-Arts (Québec, 2012), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2008), the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the Museum of Modern Art (Bogotá, 2000, 2004), and the Sofia lmber Museum of Contemporary Art (Caracas, 2001).

“Unfolding Memories” The Bogota District Archive’s is one of the most important public buildings in town. This is the place where all the relevant information about the city, their citizens, and their cultural history is collected, classified and stored with the porpoise to maintain intangible memories. In 2015, I presented a sculptural intervention at the Gallery space of this beautiful building designed in 2003 by the awarded architect Juan Pablo Ortiz. I showed three monumental sculptures called Unfolding Memories. I became interested in the skylights that rise towards the exterior in an interesting geometry bringing the light into the space. From these dormers and continuing my creative research about the void I observed the gaps, the twists, and turns. I realized that all the air contained in the building is giving dimension to these structures becoming three sculptural moments that suggest a corporal, visual, and psychological experience. For those who had the opportunity to look around the exhibition this sculptural experience allowed them to establish memories about the space and the ineffable experience that is hiding in the building.

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