Ana Patricia Palacios: Wanderers

By MARTA MANTECÓN

 

The drawings that form the backbone of the series Displacement show different groups of people on the move, crossing roads, rocky landscapes and rivers, while carrying their belongings on their backs. Ana Patricia Palacios, with very few strokes and just a few spots of colour, sketches beings in transit who represent the “new nomads” of the 21st century, whose wandering movement is the product of multiple violence and conflicts, forced migrations and involuntary exiles.

The grids of the blackboards on which these compositions are based suggest a kind of ordered cartography that fragments space by establishing limits and boundaries, a metaphor perhaps for territorial and political demarcations that only reinforce the unreasonableness of such situations of uprooting.

In another series, Pandemic Musings, done in gouache on the pages of a notebook, the body is confronted individually with the Earth, that is, with the totality of living beings, at a time of uncertainty in which, paradoxically, the free movement of bodies has become a threat.

The artist confronts the phenomena of displacement and human mobility from two antagonistic perspectives, inviting us to question ourselves about individual existence versus collective survival as part of a planet whose evolution we are responsible for, but which at the same time is conditioned by laws beyond our control.

 

Top image: Ana Patricia Palacios

ANA PATRICIA PALACIOS, Pandemic musings III, 2020. Gouache on paper, 46 x 61 cm. Courtesy of Galería José Amar
ANA PATRICIA PALACIOS, Displacement 1, 2020. Mixed on blackboard, 18,5 x 26 cm. Courtesy of Galería José Amar
ANA PATRICIA PALACIOS, Displacement 5, 2020. Mixed on blackboard, 18,5 x 26 cm. Courtesy of Galería José Amar