"La preponderancia de lo pequeño" The preponderance of the small

Mutis National Salon 2020. University Art Museum of the University of Antioquia MUUA. September 2021 - February 2022.

Virtual visit to the exhibition

Video presentation of the exhibition

The preponderance of the small Based on the figure of José Celestino Mutis, his scientific character and important legacy, the artist Nadin Ospina created The preponderance of the small, a multimedia installation made up of sculptural elements, videos and sound that are meant as a device for reflection on the relationship between human beings and their natural environment. The installation points out the importance of multiple living beings that, although may be commonly ignored due to their physical dimension, are fundamental for the survival and stability of ecosystems. In the center of the room, a series of videos based on the plates of the Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada draw attention to the diversity of flora in the American continent. Around the space, polychrome bronze sculptures represent a variety of birds of the native fauna, while a soundtrack created by Chilean musician Kito Satori surrounds the public with Colombian bird songs fused with acoustic elements. From a critique of contemporary anthropocentrism, the artist calls for the conservation of biological diversity, connecting the dots between human life and spirituality, with the maintenance of the structure and function of the ecosystems that surround us.

Nadín Ospina holds a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. He has participated in the Biennials of Sao Paulo, Cuba, Venice and Lyon, in addition to multiple solo and group exhibitions. This exhibition is one of the seven finalists of the 45th National Salon of Arts, Mutis 2020, which shows complex research processes that use contemporary artistic practices to evoke issues related to nature, promoting projects related to botany, zoology, ecology, taxonomy, permaculture, sustainable development, biodiversity and cultural heritage.

Laura Zarta

Curator of the Mutis National Salon 2020

Tour of the work

"Turpiales Toches". Icterus chrystater. 2018. Painted bronze. 24 x 40 x 30 cm.
"Cacique Candelo" -Hypopyrrhus pyrohypogaster. 2020. Painted bronze. 30 x 25 x 17 cm.
"Hiriendo la luz" (Hurting the light) - Luscious Thrush (Molothrus bonariensis). 2020. Painted bronze and wood. Installation of variable dimensions.

"Hiriendo la luz" (Hurting the light) - Luscious Thrush (Molothrus bonariensis). 2020. Painted bronze and wood. Installation of variable dimensions. 25 x20 x 30 cm each.


"Cardinal" - cardinalis cardinalis. 2019. Painted bronze. 30 x 25 x 9 cm

"Tucan de montaña" (Mountain toucan) - Andigena laminirostris. 2018. Painted bronze.

"Mielero de patas rojas" (Red-footed honeycreeper) - Cyanerpes cyaneus. Painted bronze.

"Gallito de Roca" (Cock of the Rock) - Rupicola peruvianus indigo. 2018. Painted bronze.

"Loritos cabeciazules" (Blue-headed Parrotlets) - Adelobotris adscendes. Painted bronze. 23 x 39 x 24 cm.

"Copetones" - Zonotrichia capensis. 2019. Painted bronze. 15 x 19 x 24 cm.

"Azulejo Golondrina" (Swallow tile) - Tersina viridis. 2019. Painted bronze. 30 x 25 x 9 cm.

"Tangara dorsiroja" (Red-backed tanager) - Ramphocelus dimidiatus. 2019. Polychrome bronze. 24 x 24 x 17 cm

"Mirlas" (Blackbird) -Turdus fuscater . 2020. Painted bronze.

Video of the installation.

Commentary on the work

Talk by Nadín Ospina

Audiovisual production: Mariana Ospina

Photography: Elvia Mejia

Music: Kito Satori