José Alejandro Restrepo Quindío Way I 1992

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For this work, Restrepo, a pioneer of Latin American video art, reconstructed the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt’s 1801 journey through the northern Andes. Restrepo’s video-sculpture shows footage of his own ascent, by foot, of the mythical Quindío Pass, known for its technical climbing difficulty and its strategic importance in the region’s political history. Each step of Restrepo’s pyramid corresponds to an altitude, from 2,600 to 11,500 feet, leading up to the summit. By reconstructing Humboldt’s path, the artist confronts the notion of “discovery” that historically defined representations of the American landscape, adding, in his words, “another layer in the back-and-forth of interpretations and subjectivities around the representation of place.”

Gallery label from Chosen Memories, April 30–September 9, 2023
Medium
Three-channel standard-definition video (black and white, sound)
Duration
29:28 min.
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund
Object number
685.2017
Copyright
© 2024 José Alejandro Restrepo
Department
Media and Performance

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Provenance

Galería Valenzuela and Klenner Arte Contemporáneo, Bogota
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, 2005
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Exhibition history

Bogotá, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, "DIÁLOGOS. Arte Latinoamericano desde la Colección Cisneros", May 5 - June 29, 2005

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