KOREBAJU, WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS
In 2018, linguist Jenifer Vega and Colombian artist César Cuspoca, spent a month among the Korebaju people, accompanied by a production team. The Korebaju (meaning “Children of the Earth”) are an indigenous community located in the Caqueta region of Colombia, and whose population is estimated at two thousand. Like other communities in the region, they have been negatively impacted by the exploitation of rubber, wood and minerals. This has consequently lead to human-forced displacements and environmental damage.
The Korebaju allowed the artist to take photographs and make sound and video recordings while present. Cuspoca uses these materials and combines them with elements from the local exhibition space to create in situ installations. Unlike the classic documentary, César Cuspoca does not aim to tell a story or try to describe the Korebaju people. Instead, his thought-provoking installations explore the interconnected stories between the Indigenous people and Western civilisations, thereby inviting us to contemplate this relationship.