The Border

Why can I not pass through? Today we walk between borders.  We live between the divisions, from relationships with others, to the borders between nations. From the moment we look at another person, from a stereotype, a preconception.  We are already building a wall and imposing a border that must be crossed in order to reach him or her.  Sometimes, in Bogotá, when leaving the house, we find that we cannot cross the street, because there is another neighbourhood where is dangerous and we could be robbed.  What if I pass through?


Bogotá, Colombia

I don’t want it to be a cold space.

I don’t want it to be a speech more than a practice.

I don’t want it to be a simple thing to do.

I don’t want it to be boring.

I don’t want to fall into impositions of any kind.

I don’t want it to be a space where it is indoctrinated.

I don’t want something that has nothing to do with what I know how to do.

¿What do I know?

I don’t want something interestingly boring. I don’t want something amusingly empty.

I don’t want something that ignores the reality and the problems surround us.

I don’t want doing for doing.

I don’t want to do in a rush.

I don’t want not to do.

I don’t want to turn art as a tool or a medium.

I do not want to do alone.

I do not want to assume or take away responsibilities from others.

I do not want to avoid conflict.

Yes, I want to be vulnerable. Yes, I want to ask.



“Fronteras en común”  Common borders
Participatory action in the public space
Bogotá, Colombia

Common borders - participatory action - 2012 -Bogota

People from both La Universidad de los Andes, and the neighbouring district, Las Aguas, wrote their conceptions of “the other side” of the border on tiles, referring to each other.


“Fronteras en común”  Common borders
Cinema in the public space
on the border of the
Los Andes University
and district Las Aguas.
(2 months project)
Bogotá, Colombia


The project created a weekly meeting point between Los Andes University and the inhabitants of Las Aguas, between which there is an invisible border in daily life (“poor”-”rich” / uneducated-educated). This project was initiated in collaboration with the UnaCualquiera Collective, with the support of Los Andes University, the house project La Redada Miscelánea Cultural, and community leaders from the district of Las Aguas.