Desplazamiento individual 4 (Individual displacement 4), 2017

Miami Beach 2017
Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Work on Paper
Sanguine and oil on paper
43.0 x 28.0 (cm)
16.9 x 11.0 (inch)
The figure of the displaced, that is forced to leave its home region is a common thread in Beatriz González' seminal group of works "Desplazamientos forzados" (Enforced displacements)". When in 2015 the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro expelled more than 6‘000 Colombians, who used to live near the Colombian border, the print media is overflowing with images of families, as well as single men and women, crossing the border rivers Táchira and Zulia with their possesions. Based on those images, motifs of people carriying heavy packages, matresses or even closets on their shoulders, are repetitively processed by the artist within her paintings, drawings and serigraphies. By reducing the color and simplifying the form within the sanguine drawing, the figure becomes an iconic symbol within the memory of the beholder.