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HERE / NOW Finissage Performance by Milena Bonilla

30 Jun 2019
17:00 - 19:00

Finissage HERE/NOW: Poisoned and Punctum

Join us for the finissage of exhibition HERE/NOW: Current Visions from Colombia at Framer Framed, on Sunday 30 June 2019! Featuring a performance by participating artist Milena Bonilla, and a talk by Ana María Gómez López.

In their performances, Bonilla and Gómez López will go into the relationship between the body and the natural environment, through a loose narrative following the extraction of Opium Poppy from the Colombian fields and all the way into the veins of addicted bodies, all within a framework of history, conflict, and self-experimentation.

Ana María Gómez López – Lecture ‘Punctum’
Punctum is an ongoing project featuring the creation of an ‘extracorporeal circuit’, or: the artificial movement of blood from an artery to a vein. Drawing from references in medical records, literary texts, and Colombian history, Punctum offers a point of connection within and amid limbs, or between the corporeal and its standard notation. This lecture centers on self-experimentation and the multifaceted nature of puncta—a needle prick, an anatomical opening, a typographic deletion, a performative perforation.

Milena Bonilla – Performance Poisoned: Behind that Grid There is a Maze
For her performance, artist Milena Bonilla addresses the exploitation, criminalisation, synthetisation and isolation of Opium. She takes an Opium Poppy field as a starting point, which consecutively transforms into a territorial wall, a horizon, an overhead view and the sexual parts of a staged character. In a broader sense, Bonilla addresses the reproduction of war and the colonial imposition of cash crops in different zones from the Global South —including but not limited to Colombia.

Free entry.
Doors open 16:45h, event starts at 17:00h.
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HERE/NOW: Current Visions from Colombia (2019) explores artists’ responses to the shifting cultural, social and political landscapes of Colombia – a country scarred by a 60-year long history of armed struggle. The exhibition features twenty artists spread across two locations in Amsterdam; Beautiful Distress House and Framer Framed.

The exhibition at Beautiful Distress House has now ended, but HERE/NOW at Framer Framed can be visited until 30 June, with artworks by María José Arjona, Milena Bonilla, La Decanatura, Wilson Díaz, Clemencia Echeverri, Diego Piñeros García, Laura Huertas Millán, Guillermo Moncayo, Oscar Muñoz, Luis Roldán, Ana María Rueda, Carlos Villalón, Más Arte Más Acción, Stephen Ferry and Miguel Ángel Rojas.z

Colombia / Ecology / Performance /


Exhibition: HERE/NOW - Current Visions from Colombia

Twenty artists presenting contemporary art and photojournalism created in the context of Colombia.


HERE/NOW talk + film screening: Indigenous Knowledge and Activism in Colombia
With guest speakers Tatiana Roa and Mariëlle Videler, and a screening of documentary 'Abel' (2015). Part of a series of events on indigenous activism and land rights, departing from exhibition HERE/NOW.
HERE/NOW artist talk: La Decanatura, 'From the Mule to the Plane'
HERE/NOW artist duo La Decanatura will talk about their exhibited work, as well as their newest film project 'From the Mule to the Plane'.
HERE/NOW talk: Mídia NINJA on indigenous activism and land rights
Part of a series of events on indigenous activism and land rights, departing from the exhibition HERE/NOW: Current Visions from Colombia.
Finissage: HERE/NOW at Beautiful Distress House
The exhibition at Beautiful Distress House is on view until 3 April, at Framer Framed until 30 June.
Symposium: HERE/NOW Current Visions from Colombia
At Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, in the context of exhibition HERE/NOW at Framer Framed and Beautiful Distress House


Ana María Gómez López


Milena Bonilla