“Rivers flow out of my eyes” group exhibition Galerie Tegenboshvanvrede Amsterdam

5 – 7 PM

Including works by Francisca Aninat, Edgardo Aragón, Marcos Ávila Forero, Adriana Ciudad, Voluspa Jarpa, Arturo Kameya, Tamara Kuselman, Neyde Lantyer, Ícaro Lira, Aníbal López, Ana María Montenegro Jaramillo, Carlos Motta, Enrique Ramírez, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Mónica Restrepo and Maya Watanabe.


“The past has not been conquered and continues to affect the present,” said the former president of Argentina Néstor Kirchner, roughly twenty years after the Dirty War (1976-1983) had come to an end. Not only Argentina, but a great number of Latin-American countries are contending with the undeniable consequences of political and social shocks. The region’s recent history has been marked by violence, civil wars and dictatorial regimes; this has led to social division and collective traumas. Investigating the legacy of this past – but also acknowledging it, representing it and dealing with it – thus constitutes an important mainspring for many contemporary artists in Latin America.

Rivers flow out of my eyes brings together work by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru which relates in various ways to disruptive periods. How does the violent past influence the present, and how do artists respond to this? The works selected for the exhibition shed light on, among other issues, the complex ambiguity of post-conflict situations, the ending of silence and apathy, alternative forms of mourning, the body as the bearer of memories and the inheritance of trauma.

The title of the exhibition has been taken from a phrase in an Alabao, a funeral chant sung by the female inhabitants of Timbiquí in southwestern Colombia, with whom participating artist Adriana Ciudad spent a period of time. The phrase refers to a process of mourning as well as to the passing of time. The arrangement of the exhibition also involves a certain development over time; three successive stages, each with a different make-up of artworks, indicate a movement from concrete to more poetic contemplations.

Curated by Madelon van Schie at the request of tegenboschvanvreden, Rivers flow out of my eyes is consistent with the gallery’s outlook, which embraces the exploration of new forms of presentation and collaboration.

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