Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Staging citizenship : cultural rights in the Americas(7th : 2009 : Bogotá, Colombia). , Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Monosabio (edited clip)
Date: 2009 Aug. 29
Location: Performed at the Plaza de Toros La Santamaría in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 29, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Work Type: Performance.
Gray Wetzler, videographer, editor.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:12:20
Language: In Spanish.
Synopsis: Colombia’s Andrés Murillo presented 'Monosabio' as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship. This site-specific project took place at the Santamaría bullring in downtown Bogotá. A bull was drawn on the sand, and then set on fire after nightfall; the silhouette was then erased, but as more attempts were made to erase it, the more visible it became. This performance exposed the vicious circle of the bullfighter assistant, the ‘monosabio,’ which is born and dies in an eternal return. This performance explores the notions of life and death, both contradictory and complementary – the ‘monosabio’ tries to clean the trace of the death, just to set up the stage for more deaths. In doing this action in a space situated in downtown Bogotá, the performance addresses the current violent political situation in Colombia, and questions the problematic and non-natural circle of life and death that this context implies. Andrés Sebastían Murillo Espinosa is an art student at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Since beginning his studies he has developed a rigorous process that involves working with different artistic practices.
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