Liliana Angulo

Photo by John Fory

Liliana Angulo Cortés (b. 1974, Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist; she graduated from the National University of Colombia with a specialization in sculpture and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master of Fine Arts degree (Fullbright scholarship). In addition to several individual and group exhibitions in Colombia, she has participated in exhibitions in Europe, Asia, America and the Caribbean. In her work Angulo investigates the notions of body and image in relation to issues of gender, ethnicity, language, history, and politics. Her commitment to communities of African descent has led her to explore issues of representation, identity, discourses of race and power, as well as performative practices, cultural traditions, historical reparations, and direct collaborative work with social organizations in the African diaspora. She develops her artistic production in different media such as sculpture, photography, video, interventions, installation, performance, and sound, among others. Understanding artistic practice as informed and connected by all of her efforts, she also has worked as a researcher, creator, educator, organizer, administrator and curator.

For Talking to Action, Angulo worked with researcher David Gutiérrez Castañeda to present the work Tiempo del Pacífico [Pacific Time], which aims to recognize and document the tactics used in the struggle and resistance against different forms of structural violence. It focuses on the deadly tension of assimilating into or perishing under the capitalist development imposed by global necropolitics. She studied the case of Buenaventura, the collective community struggles and the “polizones” or stowaways traveling to the “North” on boats from the Colombian port city of Buenaventura. She looked at the role of global culture through the movement of goods and merchandise, but also through stowaways who, upon arrival at their destination, inserted themselves into the US culture and labor market. The project took a special interest in the accounts of the stowaways that had contact with the Black Power Movement and the Black Panthers in the twentieth century. She used these points of contact to illuminate the shared history of global resistance, mobility, and struggle of black communities in both countries (Pacific Coast Colombia and Pacific Coast United States – Buenaventura and Los Angeles/Oakland). 

As part of her visit to Los Angeles, Angulo spoke about her project the students of the Public Practice MFA Program of Otis College at 18th Streets Art Center, April 5, 2017. Photos: Jeanette Degollado.