LT Projects is pleased to present an exhibition showcasing works by pioneering Colombian artists: Doris Salcedo, Carlos Rojas, Santiago Cárdenas, and Omar Rayo. These artists played a fundamental role in developing Colombian Conceptualism, as well as Geometric Abstraction, Constructivism, Informalism, and Optical Art - in which they excelled.
This exhibition reflects their tireless pursuit of artistic innovation through the exploration of novel materials while highlighting how they infused their cultural roots into their works. LT Projects aims to showcase the distinct yet interconnected practices of these artists, celebrating their excellence across artistic movements and exploring the common threads that unite these avant-garde Colombian explorations.
While these artists ventured into daring deviations from conventional norms, each embarked on a personal journey addressing significant questions through a visual language distinguished by simplicity, precision, and equilibrium. Omar Rayo’s creative practice, for instance, combines chromatic variation and precision. His most iconic works indicate a connection between pre-Columbian visual culture and Geometric Abstraction, integrating the artistic techniques he learned during the 1960s and 1970s in New York with the pre-Columbian indigenous influences he witnessed firsthand. Rayo's contributions to Geometric Abstraction have shaped the artistic landscape. This exhibition celebrates the conceptual diversity of these revolutionary artists, resonating in a harmonious symphony and unified by their concern for reexamining and highlighting their Colombian cultural roots.
Beyond merely gathering influential artists, through this exhibition, we strived to curate seminal works that underlined the artists’ cultural identities and were undeniably intertwined with avant-garde innovations. Renowned for her powerful and politically charged installations, Doris Salcedo draws from her own experience of Colombia’s violent political history to create pieces that also respond to broader global concerns. This exhibition presents her minimalist yet evocative 1988-1990 piece, Camisas, explicitly referencing the human body as a poignant homage to the victims of the 1988 massacres at the Negra and Honduras Plantations. “I am a Third World artist,” Doris Salcedo has stated. “From that perspective — from the perspective of the victim, from the perspective of the defeated people — is where I'm looking at the world.” Today, despite her place in the international art scene, the artist remains engaged with the events in her homeland. Camisas stands as both a tribute to overlooked victims, and a universal statement on power, loss, and remembrance. Our goal was not only to showcase masterpieces, like Camisas, that earned these artists international acclaim and places in prestigious institutions worldwide but also to highlight how their Colombian heritage shone across their groundbreaking, genre-defining bodies of work. This is evident in Salcedo’s work and how it retains her rootedness, all the while reaching and touching a global audience.
By bridging their culture and heritage with their lasting legacy, this exhibition offers a window into the profound yet enduring connections available between national pride and creative breakthroughs.