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Room to Bloom in Colombia: Weaving an intercultural dialogue and co-creation process

Together with Organizmo and La Urbana community based in the jungles of Matavén, the Amazonian foothills, and independent curator Marcela Caldas, Room to Bloom opens Organizmo Bloom residency on the 4th of October 2022.

Organizmo Bloom branches artists with La Urbana rural community based in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, on the idea of weaving together: weaving an intercultural dialogue and co-creation process.

The residency aims to foster and guarantee a horizontal learning space of exchange and co-creation, community based through the lens of art. We will explore methodologies enabling new narratives to redefine long term sustainable relationships that contribute to address the challenges of the current global ecological crisis and allow us to imagine possible alternative futures.

Our goal is to carry out a process of immersive dialogue between western and non western communities – artists from Southern and Northern urban contexts and craft women from indigenous communities – bearers of common wounds, diverse knowledge and perspectives that strongly question colonial and patriarchal tropes.

We want to provoke the unlearning of western concepts and epistemologies through creation of tactile memories, new forms of experiential knowledge transfer from a non hierarchical approach that honors the origin and the multiple agencies of the territory.

We want to provoke the unlearning of western concepts and epistemologies through creation of tactile memories, new forms of experiential knowledge transfer from a non hierarchical approach that honors the origin and the multiple agencies of the territory.

The residency actively involves the local community and is based on a long-term relationship of Organizmo with the territory, its human and non-human inhabitants, their knowledge, history and culture.

Organism Bloom innovates by shifting relations with indigenous communities and epistemologies. It combines in practice feminism and ecological practices and promotes an intersectional approach. The project spreads these back in Europe, in particular in the UK, targeting artists and art institutions.

Artists Involved

Organizmo Bloom is funded by the British Council’s International Collaboration Grants, in the frame of Room to Bloom international platform supporting and promoting artists.

September 20, 2022
Workshop, artistic performances and public discussions: Lena Chen in Palermo