Regina de Miguel was invited for a Space to Reflectto think aboutChocó and spent time in and around Quibdó, taking as her starting points the Atrato and Bebará rivers. During her visit she sought to delve into the psychic reality of the territory, trying to address its complexity as a dialectical artifact, which urgently appeals to the construction of new modes of existence and relations with the “raw material” of our reality.
In Quibdó she spoke with Ana María Arango, director of Corporaloteca that is part of the Technical University of Chocó, about new empowerments of black people. She introduced the artist to a group of women who preserve the tradition of the Alabao in this region. De Miguel invited the women to perform several songs along the Atrato River taking into account that for the artist the telluric question related to violence is a fundamental part of her project stating”I am beginning to love the abyss I am made of”.
“The intention of this project is the realisation of an audiovisual essay that delves into the psychic reality of the territory, trying to address its complexity as a dialectical artifact, which urgently appeals to the construction of new modes of existence and relations with the “Raw material” of our reality.
Chocó’s landscape encourages us to delve into how our relationship with the Earth has involved social relations of work and exploitation, characteristic of the emerging industrial capitalism of the 19th century, in the same way as in the digital capitalism of the 21st century. The century of geopolitics of the search for energy and material resources for the production of computer equipment. The fastest calculations of digital time are connected to the deepest of temporalities: that of the Earth itself “
These artistic processes influenced her most recent performance V.I.T.R.O.L in collaboration with the Colombian artist Lucrecia Dalt, commissioned by the CTM Festival and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.