Invisible Geographies New Media Exhibition



Guee by Paola Lamprea Cardona and Gustavo de la Hoz


Colombia, 2016 | Paola Lamprea Cardona (director) and Gustavo de la Hoz (producer)

Gueê (“women” in Ticuna) documents the lives of Ticuna women, some who live at home in the village of Letecia, Macedonia, and Nazareth in the Amazon basin between Brazil, Colombia, and Perú, along with others who move to Bogotá (Colombia) to study medicine and audiovisual communication.

Working within the nineteen communities associated with ACITAM (Association of the Indigenous Councils from the Amazonian Trapezoid), Cardona and de la Hoz construct a digital archive of knowledge that documents a cosmovision, a particular way of viewing the world, especially by indigenous peoples. It includes material culture and rituals to locate the place of women in Ticuna communities. Significantly, in the archive the women critique rituals that have affected women adversely.

Since they have experienced how governments do not support them or sometimes even acknowledge them as human, these women turn to self-empowerment and self-determination. They draw upon their ancestral strength since the “white women” in the government do not listen to them. They adapt knowledge from institutions of formal education and combine it with indigenous knowledge to meet the needs and experiences of their communities.

In Ticuna and Spanish, these women describe their conditions and aspirations. One discusses how, since the arrival of television, many young people no longer want to learn how to twist the fronds from the chambira (a species of palm tree) into hammocks or make mochila (leather packs or pouches), so that this knowledge is at risk of passing away — that is, becoming another invisible aspect of human geography. Another woman says that despite the opportunities for her as an individual in the city, she prefers to return to her community as a nurse and teacher.