ABEL (the film) by Fernando Arias

Publication Date 2014

The Prince Claus Fund commissioned artist Fernando Arias to make a short film and performance about the Principal Laureate Abel Rodriguez at the awards ceremony at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in 2014. The performance, with music by two Colombian musicians, combined traditional indigenous instruments and electronic rhythms. Together with the chants of Abel Rodriguez they created a spectacular accompaniment to Arias's film.
To produce the film, Arias and Rodriguez worked together in Bogotá followed by a week filming in the Amazon region.

Abel Rodríguez (Mogaje Guihu) is an elder from the Nonuya ethnic group, native to the Cahuinarí river in the Colombian Amazon. Rodríguez’s work is grounded in his ancestral knowledge of the indigenous plants of the region, which was passed to him by his uncle.

In the 1990s, the Colombian armed conflict and the exploitation of natural resources in the rainforest displaced Rodríguez and his family from his native land and they moved to Bogota, the country’s capital.

As a way to preserve his knowledge and memory of his region, Rodríguez creates detailed paintings and drawings that depict the ecosystem of the rainforest in the Nonuya region with intricate details of the flora and fauna. His knowledge is highly valued by western botanists, and has gained international recognition over the past five years within the visual arts.

BALTIC is honoured to present Rodríguez’s first solo exhibition, for which the artist will create new works.

Format MPEG 4
Related Artists Abel Rodríguez, Fernando Arias
Keyword Alternative Knowledges
Related Event Abel Rodriguez (14 March – 8 November 2020)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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