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Online Exhibition: Abel Rodríguez at BALTIC

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Abel Rodriguez Terraza Firme III 2019

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic, however you can still enjoy their eclectic range of art exhibitions, online. Discover work by Abel Rodríguez in his self-titled exhibition on display online.

Rodríguez’s precise, botanical illustrations are drawn from memory of knowledge acquired by oral transmission. His knowledge grasps a large inventory of plants that grow in the Colombian Amazon and their relations within the ecosystem, but also their uses for food, healing and other needs. Traditionally, he would have used his knowledge every day as a sabedor within his community. Drawing and sharing his knowledge with non-indigenous people became his livelihood in the foreign context of Bogotá.

Since 2008, Rodríguez’s works started to be acknowledged for their artistic value.

Mogaje Guihu who took the Western name Abel Rodríguez in the 1990s, grew up in the Muinane community who live near the headwaters of the Cahuinarí River in the Colombian Amazon. His uncle, a sabedor (man of knowledge) taught him the knowledge of plants and he became known as el nombrador de plantas (the namer of plants).

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