part of Fuera de sitio, curated by Octavio Zaya
Presented by La Central, at Art Lima
On February 20th, 1980 the Colombian guerilla group M19 overtook the Embassy of Dominican Republic in Bogotá. This lead to a standoff, with the hostages and guerillas remaining inside for over a period of sixty days, which produced a huge amount of coverage in the media. With their theft of Simon Bolivar’s sword six years earlier, the M19 Group exposed a talent for sophisticated and creative actions of resistance, that could also be perceived as performance art.
For Art Lima, inspired by the images of the Toma de la Emabajada, Otto Berchem works with his own chromatic code to explore one of the classic symbols of the semiotics of the Revolutions.