“La batalla no a terminado, por algo decimos que son 500 años de resistencia indigena” (The struggle is not over, theres is a reason we say it is 500 years of indigenous resistance). – Silvestre R
Through the use of our traditional Andean Muysca concepts, patterns, and with the conjunction of everyday events, I explore the idea of cultural reconstruction and preservation. My work involves the exploration and recreation of my native visual language as well as reclaiming vital relationships between humans and outside agents with the aid of ceramic objects and mixed media. By presenting our religious practice, specific ritual object, collective identity, verbal language in the tangible object, and the role of art in our society, my work, our work is not a repetition of the past, but a continuation and growth of our legacies.
Through my art I seek to preserve as well as to help grow our traditions in a contemporary setting whether it is by story-telling, performance, creating music, using our native language or making an offering. Much like myself, the work I create does not belong in the past; it lives in a very real present.
-Mario Alberto Mutis R