A Kottbusser Tor made video/performance in collaboration with Johannes Förster.
Curated by Manuela Morales
Edinson Quiñones speaks of what he knows best, his experience of living in Popayán in the Valley of Cauca, a rural zone located in the South East of Colombia.
In the mid 90s, the valley experienced significant population growth due to cocaine trafficking. With Pablo Escobar dying and the local Medellin and Cali Cartels fragmenting, the valley's original residents faced further displacement, brought about by the conflict between the guerrilla movement, the paramilitary groups and the cartels.
For this exhibition, Quiñones appropriates the symbol of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, thus shedding light on Bayer's complicity in the Colombian cocaine trade and their recent negotiations with Monsanto, a control weapon in Colombia, even now after the peace accord.
Quiñone's work is a testament to capitalism's transience. For him Art is synonymous of healing, makes visible what is invisible. Legal what is illegal.