ROOM 3 "Retrato de Familia, Monstruos y Fisiculturistas" ("Family Portrait, Monsters and Bodybuilders")
With this exhibition, Colombian artist Nadín Ospina (Bogota, 1960) asks us: how do we see ourselves, who do we think we are, on what do we base our differences and similarities with others, what are the lines that define our idea of ourselves?
The anthropomorphic Quimbaya figure is a central element in this exhibition. Although in their original function they represent male or female caciques, in Colombia they have become a very significant image of their cultural origins.
In the exhibition it functions as a generic reference common to all cultures on our planet. It is something like the image of transcended man that, in a sort of almighty syncretism, brings us all together and represents us all. With that certainty we must participate in each thematic area that Ospina presents us with: Encuentros, Los americanos, Retrato de familia y La Medusa.
Entering these areas will be a pleasant and evocative exercise, with which we will understand that no one is above or below the Other and that the Other is simply the one we never were and never will be. Perhaps we will be able to culminate the experience of the visit by understanding that "we are all Other you".
Ospina proposes encounters that, however unlikely they may seem, involve a confrontation as humans and as a society with ourselves: Native Americans, monsters, pre-Columbian beings, aliens... All gathered in the same territory, in the house of man. Visitors who come to the exhibition will look at each other and live together in the same space. I, you, he..., will be the museum of linked pronouns. Fascinating encounters will take place, full of irony, criticism and humor.
A museum of anthropology is a central place for reflection on the human being from an integral point of view, and that is precisely what the visitor to this exhibition is intended to do: to look at human beings as such in all their breadth, and to do so through art, which in our Western culture is the experience of life transcended. In this case, with the work of Nadín Ospina.