Luis Ortiz

The Mountains Travel

In Colombia, the mountains have been elevated by different political actors to symbolize the resistance of marginalized peoples against the colonial and capitalist necroregimes. However, increasingly, extractivist dynamics have incorporated many of these places into global value chains. Additionally, migrational movements flow parallel to the nature/capital movements, first inside Colombia from the land to the city and then to the Global North. In this form the mountains as the people travel to places far away from its origin, so how to re-relate with the mountains?
The concept of relational ontology emphasize the interconnectivity and vulnerability of life. It exemplifies the need for a understanding of humanity with a deep relation to nature, the spiritual dimension of it and to others beings. The deterritorialisation in form of extractivism and migration interrupts these relations with the territories, their beings and ultimately with our own being that depends on the relation with nature and the others. The spaces between places and different human conditions are the ones where new forms of relationally have to be proven out and where new forms of being can be achieved. I am looking to weave relations from these experiences of deterritorialisation, that are indeed very different, but at the same time share the common experience of human and natural deterioration and re-existence.

Through feeling-thinking with the mountains and from a necessary ambiguos ch-ixi (Rivera Cusicanqui), migrant, middle-class positionality, that doesn’t claim innocence, this research tries out forms of “weaving the place of the mountain in the wind”. With artistic works that follow a relational aesthetic/methodology through practices of dialogue, the use of sound, and exchange with people related to the mountains, this research tries to erode the hegemonic processes of non-being and to explore forms of re-relating and re-existence in communality.


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