Thursday, 20 October 2022

This era requires us to turn our lives into a work of art… And to speak of a “work of art” today is something that is up for debate. My desire is to speak with you.

María Teresa Hincapié

This seminar on the practice of María Teresa Hincapié is built from voices that were and are close to her career and that build her legacy. We will share a space for dialogue about the relationship that existed between life and the artistic process for María Teresa Hincapié and we will discuss how the body modulated time and space in her practice. Through a presentation on her career by José Antonio Sánchez, this talk will first focus on the origin of her process —her shift from theatre to the search for a transcendent practice— and on some aspects of the artistic, historical and cultural context in which her work arose and that were important in defining her creative thinking. Next, we will talk together with Coco Fusco, José Alejandro Restrepo, María José Arjona and Santiago Zuluaga about the expansion of the performative, not only in the artistic questions of María Teresa Hincapié, but also in the practices of the artists participating in the round table and how the body can build another language in which to exist.

The title refers to a phrase by María Teresa Hincapié about the importance of talking to the other as the central axis of her artistic creation, thereby determining the importance of the intangible in her practice and of collective interaction as a producer of knowledge.

Photo of a performance by Maria Teresa Hincapié


6:30 pm

Presentation of the seminar by Claudia Segura Campins, curator of the exhibition and curator of the exhibitions of the MACBA Collection

6:40 pm

Presences and doings of María Teresa Hincapié. Talk by José Antonio Sánchez

When artistic practice overlaps with life to the point of being largely indistinguishable, any attempt at visual or written restitution carries the inevitable risk of betrayal. The radicalism with which María Teresa Hincapié wanted to preserve the ephemeral duration of her actions, renouncing the recording or conservation of objects for speculative purposes, is an indication of an ethical commitment of anti-capitalist inspiration that has its roots in the poetic potentiality of theatre. The search for an honest performance led her to travel or inhabit the art institution with the same sincerity with which she travelled the streets, paths and trails or with which she inhabited the city, the communities and the mountains. Walking and living are the two ways in which her durational art expressed the celebration of a flow that cannot be fixed, much less cut up for sale. Only in the uninterrupted course of living and walking is unity produced in coexistence with multiplicity, of beings, of experiences, of the different dimensions of existence: the everyday, the material, the emotional, the poetic, the political and the sacred.

7:30 pm

Presentation of the exhibition and round table discussion involving Coco Fusco, María José Arjona, José Alejandro Restrepo and Santiago Zuluaga; moderated by Emiliano Valdés and Claudia Segura, curators of the exhibition


8:30 pm

Final discussion

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