Cesar Forero is a Colombian- born Canadian. He has a MA of the University of Minnesota State and a MFA of Waterloo's University, Ontario; in addition he has a BA in Architecture (1990) of the Pilot University of Colombia, Bogota, and also he realized several courses of urbanism and liberal arts inside Minnesota and Bogota. He has taught architecture, design and art to University level in Colombia, The United States and Canada. 

From 2006, he has devoted himself to be an artist of complete time, with an artistic practice that mixes the sculpture, painting and the work of textile with the performance and film. He has exhibited his work in all the countries before mentioned as well as Japan.

César Forero


The Book of Boustrophedon

07.11.2012 to 29.11.2012

The Colombian/Canadian artist Cesar Forero, who was in residence during October-November 2012, made “The Book of Boustrophedon” entirely during the three weeks of intense work. This monumental artist's book consists of 16 sheer fabric rolls of over 6 meters long each, which installed in the “Sala Poliglota” becomes an allegory against the killing of animals for either trade or entertainment as cockfighting or dog fight, which are so common in Latin America.

Boustrophedon (Greek: βουστροφηδόν) describes a style of writing that alternately draws a written line from left to right and then right to left. This writing method appears in numerous archaic inscriptions, including Greek. The voice comes βου (bou): 'ox', στροφή (strofée): 'return' or 'spin' and στρέφειν (stréfein): 'turn around', so that the composition of the term refers to the similarity of this type of writing and the path formed from oxen-drawn plowing of the land.

This ancient form of writing is popularly known as snake writing, drawing attention to the visual similarity it has with the ancient Hindu Moksha-Patamu game, released in the West as the game of Snakes and Ladders. The original version of this game raises ethical values, as it symbolizes the moral path over a lifetime to reach the sky. The ladders represent virtuous acts that shorten the journey of the soul to a state of ultimate perfection. Snakes are, by contrast, the representation of human evil, and condemn us to reincarnations in lower forms, represented by silhouettes of different animals.

Forero’s work is infused with both, the idea that the fabrics can be read as "boustrophedon" (effect emphasized by the transparency among each other of the drawings on the sheer) and also by the struggle between the forces of good and evil in his compositions sometimes as exploding spirals along these fabrics / trails / snake-like an oxymoron showing-the beauty, revealing the rawness in the background and finally making a reflection on the attitude of humanity in relation to nature. ALICIA CANDIANI