Más Arte Más Acción is a non-profit cultural foundation that generates critical thinking through art. The foundation’s base, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, is the source of inspiration for artists and other professionals who are invited to explore wide-ranging social and environmental issues.

Between 2012 and 2016 MaMa’s Nuevatopias programme was designed to mark the 500th anniversary of the term Utopia. Critical reflections were compiled in three books Nowhere, Better Than and This Place.

From 2017 MaMa continues to focus on the relationships between people and the natural environment.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are participants selected?  Through research and direct invitation or by open call.
  • Can a project be submitted to MaMa?  Yes, a brief description can be emailed to info@masartemasaccion.org
  • Can the Chocó Base be visited independently?  Yes, for more information write to info@masartemasaccion.org


A Brief History of MaMa

Between 2000 and 2006 the artist Fernando Arias leads the projects Niños PAZificos and Casa ChocoLate in Nuquí, supported by the Prince Claus Foundation.

In 2010 Fernando Arias and arts manager Jonathan Colin create MaMa, a non-profit foundation registered at the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011 the Chocó Base is built, designed by Atelier Van Lieshout.  Supported by the Mondrian Foundation / MaMa joins Arts Collaboratory / The video “Desde Adentro” is screened at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival.

In 2012 MaMa, Lugar a Dudas and Casa Tres Patios organise the Arts Collaboratory assembly in Colombia / MaMa initiates the Coqui community garden and 1st Gastronomy Festival / Arias is commissioned to produce the opening ceremony at the Prince Claus awards in Amsterdam.

In 2013 MaMa opens an office in Bogotá.

In 2014 MaMa proposes MINGA to Arts Collaboratory / Participate in the AC Assembly in Indonesia and AC Tent of the Sao Paulo Biennial / Arias presents the video ABEL commissioned for the ceremony of Prince Claus awards in Amsterdam.

In 2015 MaMa participates in the AC Assembly in Senegal / Creates alliance with Goethe institute of Bogotá and participates in Episodes of the South with Goethe Institute Sao Paulo, Brazil / Participates in artCOP21 in Paris / Presented MaMa to London audiences at the Shoreditch Bunker.

In 2016 MaMa attends AC Tent in Mexico and AC Assembly in Kyrgyzstan / The annual meeting of Latin American Goethe institutes is held at MaMa’s studio Bogotá / Arias and Colin carry out a research residency in Sri Lanka with AC partner Theertha.

[Board of Directors: Erna von der Walde]
Erna von der Walde Degree in Philosophy and Letters of the University of the Andes, M.A. University of Warwick, PhD seminars at the University of Frankfurt, Ph.D. Of the University of Essex, a has published extensively on literature, history and cultural studies.
[Board of Directors: Jorge Bula]
Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Colombia, Associate Professor, School of Economics. Doctor of Sociology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. 1994. Master in Economic Development. University of Manchester. Britain. 1992. Master in Sociology. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. 1988. Economist. Externado University of Colombia. 1981
Fernando Arias
Creative director from MaMa. Fernando is a Colombian artist who uses video, photography, installation and actions to explore the human condition. These include conflict, gender, religion social and environmental issues. In 1994 he was awarded the National Art Prize in Colombia and since then his work has been shown extensively in museums and public galleries around the world.
[Free-Lance: Andrés Vélez]
Degree in Computer Animation from Fort Lauderdale Institute of Arts (USA) and graduated in Cinematography at the University of Antioquia (Colombia). He has worked for different producers of commercials and as executive producer in the Advertising Agency Toro Mora Fischer America. He has made several documentary videos with MaMa.
[Free-Lance: Natalia Arias]
Graphic designer graduated from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá. Also graduated in Multimedia Design and Communication at TAI School, Madrid, Spain. Natalia has worked for more than 10 years in various design and production projects for publishing, advertising, web design and multimedia projects.
Jaime Martinez
Project coordinator at MaMa. An Art History graduate of the University of Los Andes. His main interest is art publishing, which led him to work on independent cultural projects since 2014. His main interest is site specific contemporary art. He has worked with national and international galleries and in March 2016 became a project manager with MaMa.
Jonathan Colin
Executive director at MaMa. Cultural manager with extensive experience in contemporary art projects. After completing Fine Arts at the University of Brighton (England), he pursued a career in arts management, initially working in the public art sector. He directed two cultural organisations in the United Kingdom - Independent Public Arts (Scotland Ltd) and the London Printworks Trust. His environmental and social interests led him to initiate Más Arte Más Acción with Fernando Arias.
José Fernando Serrano
Academic planning at MaMa. PhD, University of Sydney (2015), MA in Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford (2004), Anthropologist, National University of Colombia (1994). She has worked in research, consulting and teaching in sexuality, gender, public policy, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. He has been a lecturer at the Central, Javeriana, Andes and National Universities in Colombia, Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex and at the University of South Bank (UK).
Vanessa Delgado
Vanessa is in charge of the administrative area of ​​the foundation since 2015. She graduate as Commercial bachelor, with a technology in accounting and financial operations conferred by SENA. She is currently a Physiotherapy student at the Ibero-American University Corporation. She is interested in the social sector and the contributions to society.

Chocó Base was designed in order to create a space for reflection and critical thinking. To create something really extraordinary, we invite Joep van Lieshout to imagine and design this space.

This video takes you on a visit to MaMa’s main house and the Chocó Base designed by Joep Van Lieshout, located 40 minute by boat south of Nuquí, by the Colombian Pacific coast.


More about the Chocó Base here.


The construction of Chocó Base was made possible thanks to the support of Arts Collaboratory and the Mondrian, Hivos and Doen Foundations.



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