2014 MFA Thesis

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta uses multiple mediums such as video, text, sound and installation in an ongoing investigation of the politics of mourning in her country, Colombia. Her concerns lay in the analysis of how accounts of forced disappearances, mass graves and terror tactics are obtained and framed. Through her work, she reflects upon how these constructed and mediated narratives cease to be accounts and shift into fictions; accounts that construct or re-constitute a reality that even as fiction most people do not want to face. These rewritten fictions are presented as a series of movie subtitles on a black frame, subtitles of a nonexistent image, of a nonexistent recording; these fragmented fictions will forever be incomplete, narrations that will not and cannot account for the violent event. Furthermore, the “mediated” images in the work point to places and subjects/objects in which other sets of inactive fictions develop.

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta has had solo and two person exhibitions at LaLocalidad Galería, Bogotá; La Residencia, Bogotá and LA Galería, Bogotá. She has participated in several group exhibitions in places like the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá; The BID Headquarters Atrium, Washington, D.C.; The George Rodger Gallery, Maidstone; LaLocalidad Galería, Bogotá; Club El Nogal, Bogotá; as well other exhibitions. Sánchez Urdaneta completed with honors her BA in Visual Arts with an emphasis on Audio visual at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; also she has a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. Additionally, in 2012 she was awarded the Colfuturo fellowship. Sánchez Urdaneta has published several essays as well as a book, Silentes edited by Destiempo libros. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and currently lives in New York.

www.margaritasanchezurdaneta.com

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta / As I Inhale (Video Still 1) / 2013 / multiple channel video / ORT: 16:45min

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta / As I Inhale (Video Still 2) / 2013 / multiple channel video / ORT: 16:45min

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta / As I Inhale (Video Still 3) / 2013 / multiple channel video / ORT: 16:45min.

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta / Mouth filled ash (Video Still 1) / 2014 / multiple channel video / ORT: 14:05min.

Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta / Mouth filled ash (Video Still 2) / 2014 / multiple channel video / ORT: 14:05min.