By: Liliana Nelson Angulo – Translation By: Ilana Spath – Photo: Andrea Eslava
María Nepomuceno, A Burst of Color!!
The art compositions of Maria Nepomuceno, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, combine string, straw, ceramic pieces, found objects and beads, all together representing her strong connection to the artisan traditions of Latin America.
For the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartagena de Indias, Nepomuceno has created an installation with different terracotta flowerpots, textiles, and local handcrafts. Her piece is titled: E a vida vence! and it’s installed in an abandoned parking lot in the colorful neighborhood of Getsemaní.
“Knitting is present in Latin America; in my country it’s an essential part of the culture. We can see how our african and indian orgins influence Brasil’s ethnicity. Hosting the First Biennial of Contemporary Art is a historic moment for Cartagena de Indias. This is a city with a lot of history and cultural influences”, says Nepomuceno.
Nepomuceno’s artwork has been exhibited in many museums, but she enjoys making installations in open spaces, particularly because she gets to see how local people, who normally do not have any contact with art, react in a spontaneous way towards her artwork.
Maria invites the public to make part of this artistic piece, and sit among the diverse colorful elements, while she dreams about going away and laying in a hamac by the beach.