Episodes


Utopias in the Forest, Photo: Fernando Arias

Utopias in the Forest

Art residency

Dreams, messages and information common to the people who live in the Amazon basin (in Brazil and Colombia) are the focus of the Utopias in the Forest residency. The residency offers an unconventional space for participants to dwell upon primordial and indigenous issues, allowing too for the opportunity to exchange knowledge with the community of the region.

The project is based in Colombia and takes place over four to eight weeks, with time divided between Choco, on the Pacific coast, and related spaces in Cali, Medellín or Bogotá.
The episode is part of a broader program of the Colombian foundation Más Arte Más Acción [More Art More Action] called South-South Exchanges, conceived by the curator and artist Fernando Arias. The first resident was the choreographer Lia Rodrigues. In her past works, the Brazilian choreographer has tackled the subject of the constitution of the collective and the complex relationships between the group and the individual.

International exchanges are planned for participants from Africa, Asia and Latin America with the intention of generating collaboration and discussion among artists, thinkers, local leaders and communities, in view of creating spaces for reflection about utopia and dystopia, social and environmental questions. The project is based in Colombia and takes place over four to eight weeks, with time divided between Choco, on the Pacific coast, and related spaces in Cali, Medellín or Bogotá.

„Ich muss mich unter die Leute mischen, die um mich herum sind“ – der kolumbianische Künstler Fernando Arias (goethe.de)






Lia Rodrigues

Choreographer

Brazil

She created and directed the Panorama Dance Festival in Rio de Janeiro for 13 years. In 1990, she founded the Lia Rodrigues Dance Company, also in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2004, the Company has developed artistic and educational projects in the slum of Maré. Lia Rodrigues is a participant in the episode Utopias in the Tropical Rainforest.


Fernando Arias

Artist, curator

Colombia / United Kingdom

Fernando Arias works between Bogotá, the remote Colombian pacific coast of Chocó and London. Through video, photography, installation and interventions, the themes he approaches include conflict in relationships, sexuality and religion as well as social and environmental issues.


Sebastian Meschenmoser



studied visual arts in Mainz since 2001. In 2006 he studied at the École nationale supérieure d'Art Dijon. Since 2008 he works as a freelance artist in Berlin.


Antonia Baehr



studied Film and Media Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts with VALIE EXPORT (1996) and received her Master in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Baehr is the producer of the dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde, amongst others.


Carola Caggiano



was born in Italy. In 1997 moved to London, squatted houses and learned some circus tricks and performed on the streets. In 1999 she went to Madrid to study Geology. In 2004 moved to Berlin and learn playing cello and piano with Russian teachers, studied audio waves and worked in theater as a sound and light technician.

Conceived and organized by Goethe-Institut | Foundation Más Arte Más Acción
Collaboration: ARTS COLLABORATORY / Hivos y DOEN | Prince Claus Fund