Liberi

In this project, the artist works hand by hand with displaced communities of Chocó, who have lived in Bogotá for several years. She gathers many stories of people who have lived the violence of drug trafficking and that end up being invisible in the city, like ghosts… Liberi aims for a spectator’s exploration so that he/she can see the different angles and viewpoints that a given displacement life story has.

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Liberi

In this project, the artist works hand by hand with displaced communities of Chocó, who have lived in Bogotá for several years. She gathers many stories of people who have lived the violence of drug trafficking and that end up being invisible in the city, like ghosts… Liberi aims for a spectator’s exploration so that he/she can see the different angles and viewpoints that a given displacement life story has.


Liberi means “children” in Latin and it comes from the word Liber, which means “free”. It shows us the duality of displacement.


Giseth is an 8-year-old girl who has been displaced from Chocó (Colombia). Her life in the country surrounded by nature has been dramatically interrupted by conflict and she has been taken to a foreign city where she must be constantly locked in. In her exile, there is nostalgia, grief and reflection on the absence.


The video is projected on a paper, where the girl appears and disappears; she dances, turns around and plays hopscotch. There are 150 pictures that have been modified and that in the end make up a video that goes backward in time.


Liberi’s music was composed in piano and glockenspiel by musician Miguel Carrillo Samper. The intention is to unite the piano’s timelessness, universality and sound purity and connect it with childhood by means of the glockenspiel, which means “bell game” in German, and reminds us of games and childhood, that is a fundamental aspect in Ana González’ work.


An essential part of this work is the sound postproduction that uses “sound layers” to recall different dimensions, emulating the diverse perspectives and memories of the people who have lived through these traumatic uprooting experiences. On the other hand, the audio tracks were combined with ‘reverse tape’, that is an effect created by recording a sound and then reversing it so that it sounds the other way around. This effect was created to emulate the memory process in which you go back to the past in order to remember.


The outcome is a combination of melancholy (of memory) and sweetness (of childhood); of melodic simplicity and the complexity of the characters’ lives.