MAL PASO (y otros senderos)
Espacio El Dorado
October 2017 – December 2017
MAL PASO (y otros senderos) is a three floor exhibition curated by José Luis Falconi presenting the works from Santiago Montoya that explore the myths surrounding “El Paso del Quindio”. The “Paso” is an arduous but strategic overpass in the Cordillera Central of the Andes, in the route that connected Bogotá with Popayan and other main cities in the central western region of the country.
With this cumulous of fables and myths about it since very early on, this region secured a particular place in the Colombian imagination and, for the last two hundred years, has become a near perfect metaphor for the challenges and potential of the nascent republic. It represents both the intractability of the terrain and the Edenic and fertile ecosystems on which Colombia has been established. In other words, the “Paso” is perhaps the most definitive image metaphor for the curse of (natural) riches with which Colombia has been dealing since its inception.