March 13 - June 17, 2021
Artist: Daniel Otero Torres
Curator: Anaïs Lepage
Tierradentro , in English ”the land of the interior”, is the name of an archaeological site located in a mountainous and steep area of the Cauca Valley in Colombia on the Pacific coast. Famous for its hidden tombs and monumental monolithic sculptures, it houses the remnants of the pre-Columbian culture of the same name. Inspired by the architecture and location of the Drawing Lab, Daniel Otero Torres designs an exhibition covering the spaces of an underground tomb.
Incorporating architecture with the brutalist accents of the building into his device, he creates a tomb of forgotten struggles: he updates knowledge and legends from various regions of Latin America and imagines correspondences with archaic cultures of the Mediterranean basin; or interweaves polytheistic mythologies with contemporary experiences and events.
Through photographs and drawings deployed on different media, the exhibition explores the themes of the journey between the worlds, the links between sacred and profane, between intimate history and collective narratives. "Tierradentro" creates a new system of relationships between beings. It is a living and inhabited space, where another history of crossings and syncretisms occurs; where the challenge is to think about what connects us to others - human, animal, plant - from the point of view of myth as well as of daily life.
Curator of the exhibition
Daniel Otero Torres, Observatorio, 2017
Pencil on paper, 154.5 x 114.5 cm
© Daniel Otero Torres
THE ARTIST/CURATOR DUO
Daniel Otero Torres
Born in 1985 in Bogota (Colombia) and graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon - Prix de Paris 2010, Daniel Otero Torres lives and works in Paris.
Daniel Otero Torres was a resident of L'Attrape-couleurs in Lyon and the Cité des Arts de Paris (2011-2012), the Moly-Sabata residence in Sablons, France (2014) and Villa Belleville (2015-2016). He received the prize from the General Council of the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon; the Rhône-Alpes Prize for Young Creation, Rendez-vous 15, Lyon Biennale; and the award for the creation and research program Outside the Walls of the French Institute.
His works have been exhibited in many French and international institutions such as the Bullukian Foundation, Lyon (2010); Heidelberg Kunstverein, Germany (2011); Kunstverein Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany (2014); The Centre for Contemporary Art in Villeurbanne (2016); the MRAC Sérignan Regional Museum of Contemporary Art — where he presents a solo exhibition (De)placements (2017) and a group exhibition Bands apart (2018); The Sheet, Clermont Ferrand (2019); FLAX Foundation, Los Angeles (2019); Espacio 23 from the Jorge Perez collection, Miami (2019) and MACAAL, Marrakech (2020).
Anaïs Lepage is an exhibition curator, art historian and curator.
Her research focuses on the excesses and minority facts of art history in connection with a cultural history of affects and spirituality, decolonial, gender and feminist studies. She reflects on the forms of writing on art by moving critical, narrative and intimate registers during collaborations, workshops and performances.
Trained in Art History at the École du Louvre, in Museology at the University of Quebec in Montreal and in Curatorial Studies at the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, she multiplies her experiences in France and abroad. She started at the Maison Rouge in Paris, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and alongside Guillaume Désanges at the Verrière - Fondation Hermès in Brussels. She then became an assistant curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
She co-founded the curatorial platform HEIWATA, based between Paris, Mexico City and Toronto, and participates in the queer and feminist writing workshop How to Suppress Universty Writing led by Émilie Noteris. She has developed projects with artists such as Madison Bycroft, Julien Creuzet, Gaelle Choisne, Tarik Kiswanson, Ad Minoliti and Rachel Rose. She has recently collaborated with AICA International, CNEAI, the Palais de Tokyo and the International City of Arts in Paris. Since 2019, she has been teaching the exhibition curatorship at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.