Participating artist Terry Berkowitz shares her view of the first-ever international biennial in Cartagena, Colombia.
Museums, private houses, the fortress wall, schools, plazas, streets, a chapel, and even a parking lot have been commandeered for works by the more than 80 artists transforming Cartagena, Colombia, a World Heritage site, for the 1st Biennial of Cartagena de Indias (BIACI). Fourteen sites are animated by artwork, performance, film, and video programs. Berta Sichel, Artistic Director, has matched the works to the sites, quite a Herculean feat, considering that several of these locations were in ruin just a few weeks ago. The performance program, curated by Barbara Krulik, will be joined by an educational program taking place throughout the entire two months.
For BIACI, Berkowitz reconfigured Veil of Memory/Prologue: The Last Supper, an earlier multi-media installation. On the patio and inside the aljibe (cistern) of the Palace of the Inquisition, her work about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 is perfectly sited.
Photos courtesy Terry Berkowitz, Perry Bard, Janet Biggs and Pawel Wojtasik
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