Resguardo Maticuru

This project has not been in an exhibition yet. The artist worked for more than 3 years with 40 Coreguaje indigenous people from a shelter in Caquetá, who had been displaced by violence, minor recruitment by illegal armed groups and struggles over land for coca cultivation. The intention was to work with the families in Bogotá making necklaces with objects they had brought from their land, with what they had collected from nature and their land that is now ailing due to fumigations. They made 25 necklaces out of feathers, seeds and bullet shells. They were placed in velvet boxes as though they were elegant jewels. The aim was to make an exhibition to show the spectator the Maticuru’s real situation, who barely speak Spanish, who barely understand the city’s language and who live a war that does not belong to them.

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Resguardo Maticuru

This project has not been in an exhibition yet. The artist worked for more than 3 years with 40 Coreguaje indigenous people from a shelter in Caquetá, who had been displaced by violence, minor recruitment by illegal armed groups and struggles over land for coca cultivation. The intention was to work with the families in Bogotá making necklaces with objects they had brought from their land, with what they had collected from nature and their land that is now ailing due to fumigations. They made 25 necklaces out of feathers, seeds and bullet shells. They were placed in velvet boxes as though they were elegant jewels. The aim was to make an exhibition to show the spectator the Maticuru’s real situation, who barely speak Spanish, who barely understand the city’s language and who live a war that does not belong to them.



In spite of all the efforts to display the necklaces to show the reality of displacement, hunger and environmental damage, after looking for help in Acción Social, Presidency, Memoria Histórica, Universidad de los Andes, etc, nobody would commit to display the necklaces. The 40 displaced persons had to go back to their reservation and be at the traffickers’ mercy, without getting the assistance they needed. Two of them were murdered and up to now we do not know of the whereabouts in Caquetá of the rest of the families. We only have those 25 necklaces as testimony.