María del Pilar Aparicio

22.02.21 15.03.21

¨ I like being in this world and bear witness to this. ¨  María del Pilar Aparicio


My work involves a process of dissection, a discovery of situations and materials, understanding materiality as a register of layers that narrate time and whose articulation makes antithetical ideas visible: death implies life, the material realm implies the insubstantial realm, presence implies absence.

I often start from an autobiographical self that finds an echo in the detailed observation of the various expressions of nature. Within a practice with a strong focus on process, I use video, photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation to address my different interests.

The idea of time as a means and metaphor to address notions of change or mutability, the eternal return, the landscape affected by the man’s presence, the psyche as a possible world and the body as a place from which to think about reality.


My experience and reflection on Frontera consists of two moments; when I started with the first exercise where I decided to look at nature as if it were a second Botanical Expedition.

On the basis of the new flora findings documented by the Humboldt Institute in conjunction with ColombiaBio, in those places that are impenetrable because it is territory occupied by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). It is therefore about borders on the territory that allow us to mark the before and after a war, which for more than fifty years has brought sadness and desolation to Colombia. The investigation is ongoing.

The second moment took place with the other exercise, which is a research process where I establish a historical analogy between the navigation maps used by the aborigines of the Micronesia Islands and my web browsing history during the process of this investigation.

The aborigines of the Micronesian Islands sailed in the Pacific to transport their monetary system, which consisted of large stone discs called the Rai. This link allows me to think of the Deleuzian rhizomatic system which is finally an image of my own mental process of how I think about Bitcoin and its blockchain technology.

I hope to find an open source that allows me to translate the information into a single image that condenses the whole thought process. The investigation is ongoing.

Pilar Aparicio
1964 Bogotá, Colombia
Lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

2007 | Teacher in Visual Arts, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá, Colombia

2021 | Fortuna,  MAJA Museum, Jericó, Colombia
2021 | Lenguajes de papel, The Museum Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
2020| Lenguajes de papel, The Museum Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
2019 | A cielo abierto, The Museum Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
2019 | Fortuna, University Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

2020 | Nido, Online Residency, Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2017 | Honorable Mention, GOLDEN GATE,  Hall Carlos Drews, Pereira, Colombia

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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