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Juan Manuel Echavarria: Mouths of Ash/Bocas de Ceniza

Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM


Santa Fe Art Institute received support for the presentation of the exhibition Mouths of Ash/Bocas de Ceniza featuring the work of Colombian artist Juan Manuel Echavarria.  Since 1995, Echavarria’s work has been concerned with finding compelling and insightful ways to document his country’s grotesquely violent conditions.  His work employs metaphor and narrative to address the frightening ‘normality’ of violence in Colombia after fifty years of civil war. Mouths of Ash was curated by Laurel Reuter of the North Dakota Museum of Art and was featured in the Latin American Pavilion of the 2005 Venice Biennale. The exhibition is presented in Santa Fe as part of The Disappeared Collaborative Project and will be on view from December 1, 2007 through January 18, 2008.