In the work "Memory exercises, murdered leaders", Rodriguez Triana works around the assassinations of social leaders in Colombia following the... Read More
In the work "Memory exercises, murdered leaders", Rodriguez Triana works around the assassinations of social leaders in Colombia following the signing of the peace agreement between the Juan Manuel Santos government and the FARC guerrillas. Around 350 social leaders have been assassinated in Colombia between 2016 and 2020. A number that continues to increase day by day, while the government of the current president Ivàn Duque keeps silent.
Rodriguez Triana builds the Colombian map using old clothes which have been violently torn and stained with dirt and mud. On this map the artist marks with nails the places where social leaders have been assassinated. Later, Rodrìguez Triana weaves with black thread the route of these murders chronologically: from the first occurrence in 2016 to the most recent, registered in 2020. The black thread is held at its corners by pieces of lead, the material from which bullets are made.
While the public looks at this piece that lies on the ground, the voice of the artist is heard reading the list of the names of the social leaders murdered in her country.