As part of a series of talks at the University focusing on art from Colombia in 2007/2008, Dr Maria Clara Bernal, Director of the postgraduate degree in Art History and Theory at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia will talk about her exhibition 'Displaced: Contemporary Art from Colombia.'
The was at the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea (6 October 2007 to 6 January 2008). The exhibition includes the work of 17 artists who engage with the huge changes in Colombian society caused by mass migration resulting from violence, political and social events, and changes to natural resources.
Dr Bernal is a graduate of the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, she is also an International Advisory Board member of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America.
Image: Nadín Ospina, Ídolo con muñeca, 2000
In Search of the Miraculous explores the relationship between art and religion in contemporary art.
This exhibition brings together a number of artists who touch upon elements of spirituality in their work: some set off on quests or pilgrimages, others search for the ungraspable and ephemeral in their work, while some artists have chosen self-portraiture as a means of exploring the artist as a saintly figure.
In Search of the Miraculous draws on artworks from the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America and the Arts Council's Collection and includes work by Gilbert and George, Yves Klein, Barbara Hepworth, Yolanda López, Brígida Baltar, Jorge Macchi and Mark Wallinger. Sarah Demelo, guest curator.
Image: Jorge Macchi, Buenos Aires Tour, 2003