David Quiroga & Lina Mazenett / +57 319 2714361 / davidquirogam@gmail.com /linamazenett@gmail.com / © All Rights Reserved

Expanding pattern II (Páramo) / Impresión digital sobre papel de algodón y pan de oro / Digital print on cotton paper and gold leaf / 104 x 153 cm / 2019

Photographs of paramos of Colombia intervened with gold leaf, forming geometries of Islamic art, one of the most common patterns found in public spaces of Abu Dhabi. We consider it as a gesture of double transgression, on the one hand by transgressing that geometric pattern, we disrupt it by breaking its characteristic symmetry, but on the other hand, it shows the transgression of this vulnerable landscape by cutting it out, removing fragments, is what would probably happen with the arrival of mining over these lands on which there is a current interest by UAE investment companies.  These incomplete and not so easily recognizable geometric shapes suggest that a form starts growing and emerging. Also, remembering that geometry in Islamic culture is a bridge to reach the spiritual realm, in the same way, these landscapes -páramos- were sacred places of deep spiritual relevance.  We put in evidence, the way in which a culture imposes itself on a landscape, seeing the gold as an economic wealth but not as a sacred value.

Expanding pattern I (Páramo) / Impresión digital sobre papel de algodón y pan de oro / Digital print on cotton paper and gold leaf / 125 x 85 cm / 2019