|Biodiversity bulls eye: An exhibition at Peregrino gallery and flower shop looks at Colombia's violence and its impact on biodiversity.|
At the moment, two of them, the Peregrino gallery/flower shop on Carrera 5 near 26th St., is displaying prints of sketches about Colombia's violence and biodiversity - two things the country has a great abundance of. Violence and biodiversity have a complex relationship in this country. On the one hand, the complex armed conflict between guerrillas, the military, paramilitary forces and drug cartels has damaged lots of natural areas, much of it caused by both the drug economy and the government efforts to erradicate drug crops. But the country's violence has also frightened oil, coal and other resource extraction industries from many of Colombia's remote regions, conserving them, albeit unintentionally.
|Another work at Peregrino.|
The Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, just south of Peregrino, has a show of photographs by Colombian-America artist Steve Ferry, also about Colombia's culture of violence, but from a more cotidian perspective. These photos show scenes from corralejas, a tradition in cattle raising towns in which young men, often drunken, play at bullfighting. Many get gored in this coming of age thing.
|People react to corraleja violence.|
|FARC guerrilla fighters with now-deceased FARC founder Manuel Marulanda.|
|A bull charges with a cape wrapped around its head.|
|A few years ago these giant ants were placed on the Congress building and other Bogotá monuments. They represent the nation's displaced people, and the ants' body parts were molded using skulls.|
Galeria Dos Casas, on Calle 26c above Carrera 4, which opened in May, has this exhibition called 'In Corpus Hominis' about the human body.
See also: Bogotá's Contemporary Art Fair 2011
Find La Macarena's art galleries on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MacarenaArte
Valenzuela Klenner: Carrera 5 No. 26-28 Tel: 243-7752
Peregrino: Carrera 5 No. 26b-52 Tel: 283-3845 or Cel: 310-297-8308
Alonso Garces: On the corner of Carrera 5 and Calle 26c
Galeria Dos Casas: Calle 26c No. 4-23 Tel: 286-0209 Cel: 321-205-4122
Galeria Mu: Carrera 4 No. 26b Tel: 282-0496
Galeria Mundo: Las Torres del Parque, the tall apartment building on Carrera 5 above the bullfighting stadium.
N-CE Arte Carrera 5 No. 26B-76
Luvina Libreria: Carrera 5 No. 26c-06
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours