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  • About the Artist:Jeisson Castillo

ART, TERRITORY, AND SPIRITUALITY

Jeisson Castillo (MA in Visual Arts, Javeriana University, Bogotá) is a young painter, photographer, and audiovisual producer whose work focuses on the peasant and Indigenous communities of Colombia. As part of various projects commissioned by the government and nongovernmental organizations, he has traveled extensively in rural areas, including the entire Amazon basin of Colombia, where he has immersed himself in the traditional knowledge and ancestral wisdom of many Indigenous peoples who are in risk of physical and cultural extinction.

His visual production has been exhibited in Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, France, Brazil, Norway, and the United States. Currently, he combines illustration, painting, performance, video, and anthropological research in his artistic practice. In endowing his images with spirit, his most recent work explores particularly the use of sacred plants and nonhuman entities.

In his own words: "My work is an exercise of searching, traveling, and learning. First you always must go over the territory, recognizing and remembering with the help of elders and medicine men and women. It is at this moment when I receive instructions, tasks, sometimes assignments that I must approach conceptually, and sometimes concrete images that I must re-create as actions or rituals. Then comes the production of my


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[End Page 135] work, which is always an immersion. My art is experiential, therefore everything that happens in everyday life influences the pieces in process.

"Formally, in my painting I try to blend materials; from my western heritage the minerals of oil, turpentine, canvas; from my Indigenous and African heritage the sacred plants: tobacco, yagé, borrachero … as well as quartz, soil, and incense. Through experimentation I have found that these materials allow me to link paintings to the spirit of the people, nonhuman entities, plants, and territories that I portray."

ARTE, TERRITORIO Y ESPIRITUALIDAD

Jeisson Castillo (Maestro en Artes Visuales, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá) es un joven pintor, fotógrafo y realizador audiovisual cuyo trabajo se centra en las comunidades campesinas e indígenas de Colombia. Como parte de diversos proyectos encargados por el gobierno y organizaciones no gubernamentales, ha viajado extensamente en áreas rurales, incluyendo toda la cuenca amazónica de Colombia, donde se ha sumergido en el conocimiento tradicional y la sabiduría ancestral de muchos pueblos indígenas en riesgo de extinción física y cultural.

Su producción visual ha sido expuesta en Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egipto, Alemania, Francia, Brasil, Noruega y Estados Unidos. En la actualidad Jeisson combina la ilustración, la pintura, el performance, el video y la investigación antropológica en su práctica artística. Su trabajo más reciente explora particularmente el uso de plantas y entidades sagradas para dotar sus imágenes de espíritu.

En palabras del autor: "Mi trabajo es un ejercicio de búsqueda, de viaje y aprendizaje. Primero siempre hay que recorrer el territorio, reconocer y recordar junto a los abuelos y sabedores. Es en este momento donde recibo instrucción, tareas, a veces conceptualmente que debo abordar, a veces imágenes concretas para hacer, acciones y ritos. Después viene la elaboración de las obras, esta es siempre una inmersión. Mi arte es vivencial, por lo que todo lo que sucede en la cotidianidad tiene un efecto en las piezas en desarrollo.

"Formalmente en la pintura procuro mestizar materialidades; de mi herencia occidental los minerales del óleo, la trementina, el lienzo; de mi herencia indígena y africana las plantas sagradas: tabaco, yagé, borrachero … así como el cuarzo, la tierra y los sahumerios. A través de la experimentación he encontrado que estos materiales me permiten ligar las pinturas al espíritu particular de las personas, entidades, plantas y territorios que retrato". [End Page 136]


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Embarazo by Jeisson Castillo. © by Jeisson Castillo.


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Madre Amazonas, madre del primer niño jaguar by Jeisson Castillo. Oil, acrylic, and mambe on canvas, 80 × 130 cm. © 2017 by Jeisson Castillo.


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Armonía natural by Jeisson Castillo. © by Jeisson Castillo.


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Additional Information

ISSN
2471-1039
Print ISSN
1090-4972
Pages
p. 135
Launched on MUSE
2019-04-11
Open Access
No
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