Between Others features works that engage with others, reach out and bring in. They are works that are conceived from the standpoint of communal solidarity and attempt to reclaim the city in times of a spreading pandemic and climate breakdown through critical and creative situated practice.

Lia Mazzari’s
Decameron-19: Pandemic as Site extends an invite to artists to collaborate, through distance, engaging the city in this moment of shared isolation. Echoing Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century Decameron and collecting dispatches from the isolated city, it brings together 10 artists over 10 weeks to co-produce art works and public interventions that aim to rewrite the city in response to global lockdown.

Enrique Cevalier’s Pido La Palabra (I Wish to Address) lays out a visual system for engaging communal public spaces in Cajicá, north of Bogota, Colombia. Consisting of a spectrum of colors and statements, it attempts to give a voice to counter the neoliberal transformation of the city taking place through negligence and corruption, in an attempt to reclaim the commons to the benefit of the land and the people.

Diana Salazar’s
Resisting presents two works from La Guajira, Colombia: 19 Years Displaced documents the struggle of an indiginous people displaced from their land and traditional knowledge for the exploits of big corporations. Liberate the Bruno Stream sheds light on the incursion of coal production on water resources, aggravating existing colonial and ethnic inequalities.

Curated by Abdulrahman El-Taliawi


 Lia Mazzari 

Decameron-19: Pandemic as Site


 Enrique Cevalier 

Pido La Palabra (I Wish to Address)


 Diana Salazar 

Resisting: 19 Years Displaced and Liberate the Bruno Stream

At home. Working, cooking, cleaning, holding family, feeling the weight of a global pandemic. From the privilege seeing the world magnifying the same racial and colonial injustices.

It is difficult to see the relevance of this research anymore, as conditions for those in La Guajira have so drastically eroded since the mine owned their land, but with the pandemic it all seems so much more fragile. It seems very little what international solidarity providing political support can do. Is this perhaps the time to mix solidarity with hand-on responses?
In 19 Years Displaced, you find Edgar Arregoces expressing his feelings about the possible responses they could have to this pandemic if they had their land and could use their traditional knowledge.

In Liberate the Bruno Stream, Misael Socarras tells us about the expansion of a coal mine over their water sources when the coal market is sinking and climate change is flourishing. Those videos were part of the resistance done during the 2020 AGM of Anglo American, one of the owners of the mine.