How to deal with the colonial wound?
A journey into searching for the unseen, the unheard and the unspoken.

This site is in continuous transformation. It works as a virtual container of diverse works, files, try outs, explorations and fragments coming from my personal archive. The archive has been built up during the last decade of my migration journey. For the moment most of what you find here is related with my artistic research which evolves around the concepts of Migration, Memory, (De) Coloniality, Death, Resilience and Love. I try to interrogate colonial history and the links with neoliberalism through the use of different kinds of media such as porcelain, celluloid, soil and gold.

All the materials come from the same source: The Earth. My interest in working with diverse media is connected to my understanding of colonialism. Through these materials, I explore the long (oficially untold) history that is related to the exploitation and movement of natural resources, which links them to colonial processes.

Through the process of unpacking my own personal archive, I link the process of decolonizing the self
with my journey of being a migrant over the past decade.

Within the process of this artistic research I migrate from Video to Film, from Film to Ceramics and from Porcelain to Gold.   And through ritual performances I set up the conditions to deal with the Colonial Wound, opening possibilities for transformation.  

Film works for me as a medium to filter the reality that surrounds me. Analogue film allows me to take time in my hands. And it is the crossover of mediums, which makes the present time tangible.

Bio

Born in the city of Pasto, southwest Colombia, Ana Bravo- Pérez ́s studies, publications and work in documentary film and the visual arts over the last years have taken her from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, to Caracas, Venezuela; and from the International Film School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, to the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2016 she is based in Amsterdam.

Ana has participated in group exhibitions and film festivals internationally. She also uses non-traditional places of expression to raise questions about the need to decolonise knowledge, history, aesthetics and filmmaking:  a pedestrian point in Rio de Janeiro, an academic conference venue in Sydney, a busy street in Buenos Aires or a Botanical Garden in Amsterdam… They all become spaces for her to publically manifest her concerns.

Ana’s multimedia work evolves around decoloniality, migration and memory. Through migration and the research into the origin of the materials she works with -  celluloid, porcelain and gold -  her ritual-performances attempt to unveil the routes of colonisation  and to interrogate colonial canons.

Contact
anabrape@gmail.com