Linda Pongutá

Bogotá, Colombia, 1989

Lives and works in Bogotá

I investigate and reinterpret delicate political matters such as corruption, the state's abuse in the jungle territories, and the inequality that arises from that. I have been to the ruins of the telecommunications company Telecom, carrying out research and an intervention that led me to question myself about what is left behind in people and places as capitalist technology sweeps them away. This process continues with a revision of commercial and labor union videos that I came across in the building. Two years ago I carried out an intervention at an abandoned pasta factory called "Pastas el Gallo," (Rooster Pastas) located in a marginal neighborhood in Bogota's downtown area, for an exhibition that was part of the 45th National Artists Salon. Today, I reaffirm my identity as Muysca in order to extract thread from the industrial system. I choose the heaviest and most worn out fibers with the intention of attaining and sustaining the weight of nature as it deteriorates. I seek to relate medicinal indigenous plants by halting, deforming, and contradicting industrial objects and materials, taking them to stages of transfiguration where what is up falls and what lies on the ground emerges. In the germinal, I find (what's found in the indigenous underworld) a state where it isn't possible to achieve destiny, but halfway there, the possibility of corroding the structure of the established appears.