Luisa Ungar

1976, born in Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

IN RESIDENCE at Cittadelarte
Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella
June-July 2013

“I m interested in collective memory, modes of representation and historic narratives put forth by cultural and pedagogical discourses. My work operates as a place from where disciplinary boundaries are expanded, through collaborative platforms proposing other ways of doing. Via different formats (publications, classes, texts, workshops, lecture performance and installations) I have been looking at the ways in which official discourses are constructed, and how archives encompass symptoms of political sickness”

The practice of Luisa Ungar is connected to archives of different types, focusing on deployed tools, methodologies and thought processes that question the way we construct history. From this process a questions emerges: How are stories transformed into mechanisms for learning,recognition and dislocation of power structures? This interpretive guideline allows her to work on narratives of the present, reflecting on the local context. Ungar builds new narratives by relating the cultural, the social and the political underlined structures, present in everyday context. In her work,she activates fiction around the notions of nature and culture. Her varied projects range from zoo visit guides to education projects. Ungar disintegrates the information from its original position and background (political, historical or geographical), putting it together in new narratives. For this she borrows methodological approaches from other academic and artistic fields.


Luisa Ungar, Guided zoo tour, 2012, performance. Festival de performance de Cali (with A. Baraya and J. Hernández).

Luisa Ungar, Guided zoo tour, 2012, performance. Festival de performance de Cali (with A. Baraya and J. Hernández).

Luisa Ungar, Library of an amateur traveller, 2011. Installation, diverse materials and dimensions

Luisa Ungar, Library of an amateur traveller, 2011. Installation, diverse materials and dimensions