Caldas, Colombia, 1950
Lives and works in Bogotá
Born in Salamina, Caldas, in 1950. She lives and works in Bogotá. She studied Visual Communication at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and Visual Arts at the Universidad de Antioquia. At the postgraduate level, she completed a Master's degree in Visual Arts and later studied Contemporary Art History and Theory at Chelsea College of Arts in London.
She taught undergraduate and graduate art for 27 years at the Universidad de Antioquia and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His artistic career began with an emphasis on painting and later on sculpture. Since the 1990s she has explored problems related to violence, memory and the force of nature in Colombia. Through drawing, video, photography, video-installation, sound and interactivity, he creates projects that demand field trips, research, social commitment and technology.
Her retrospective LIMINAL/Clemencia Echeverri, curated by María Margarita Malagón, presented a selection of the last 20 years of her work. It was held at the Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia (MAMU) of the Banco de la República de Colombia in 2019-20. On the other hand, from August 2019 to January 2020, the artist presented her work Duelos in "Fragmentos, Espacio de Arte y Memoria"; as part of the Creation Award 2019 of the National Museum of Colombia with support from the Ministry of Culture.
In recent years, she has carried out video-installation projects with participation in several national and international events, among which stand out: Sin Cielo at the 23rd Biennial of Sydney and at Art Gallery of Guelph, Canada (2020-21). Train in Here/Now: Current Visions of Colombia, Holland (2019). Rio por Asalto at the 12th Shanghai Biennale curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina, China (2018). Treno in La Vuelta, 'Les Reencontres de la Photographie'; Arles, France (2017). Free Version in 'From Medellin, A Colombian art scene' at the Museé dárt Les Abattoirs; Toulouse, France (2017). Train in 'Waterweavers' at Bard Graduate Center; New York (2014), Casa de América; Washington (2015) and Conde Duque, Madrid (2015).
She also participated with Supervivencias in 'Rencontres internationales'; Paris, France (2014). Juegos de Herencia in Instants Video 50 Ans d'Artvideo; Marselle, France (2013) and in Cosmovideografías Latinoamericanas at CENART, Mexico City (2011). Frontera at 'Screen Video Festival'; Barcelona, Spain (2012). Voice at the Liverpool Biennial, England (2010). Treno in 'For You', Daros-Latinamerica Museum, Switzerland (2009). Quiasma at Ars Electronica, Spain (2005) and at ISEA2004 Arts Electronic Festival, Finland (2004). Casa íntima at the VI Havana Biennial, Cuba (2000).
On the other hand, publications of her work include: Trepidaciones, Colección de Arte Contemporáneo Colombiano; produced by the company Seguros Bolívar and curated by José Ignacio Roca and Alejandro Martín. Volume of three books with artists Juan Fernando Herrán and José Alejandro Restrepo, 2016. La Imagen Ardiente, by Sol Astrid Giraldo from the Colombian Artists Collection, produced by the Ministry of Culture, Colombia, 2017. Sin Respuesta, compilation of the artist's works up to 2009, edited by Divulgación Cultural de la Universidad de Antioquia, (various authors).
Of note are national and international awards, mentions and grants such as the Fragments Grant from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia 2018-2019, the Arts Council London, the Daniel Langlois Foundation of Canada and the Biennial Award of the Arts of Colombia.
Clemencia Echeverri's work is part of the collections of museums and cultural institutions such as: Musee les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France; Ulrich Museum Collection, Kansas, and Museum of Latin American Art of Los Angeles (MOLAA), United States. Also from the Daros-Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; Latin American Art Collection, Essex, England; Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneao (MUAC), Mexico; Museo Nacional de Colombia, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Colección del Banco de la República de Colombia, Bogotá.
In the last 15 years her video installation works stand out: Duelos, Sin Cielo, Nóctulo, Sacrificio, Supervivencias, Treno, Juegos de Herencia, Versión Libre, Frontera, Voz resonancias de la prisión, Cal y Canto, Apetitos de Familia, De doble Filo and Casa íntima.