My work stands in the intersection between art and philosophy, it emerges from different practices I develop in order to understand my own existential questions. I search for answers while generating questions to create a space of reflection in which the spectators can delve into their own inquiries. I work across different media including ceramics, weaving, video, performance, and installation in order to explore the interrelationship between the natural world and human existence.
In my ongoing research, I address the fundamental issue of time. Reflecting upon our perception of it and how our existence is determined by its social understanding. Within each project I perform durational processes over long periods of time; archiving, walking, asking, recovering, observing, stitching and repeating always with aims to further understand each question. In this search and alluding time, I play with the durability and ephemerality of the materials I working with; candle light, paper, water, clay and organic matter amongst others.
My work process shifts between research and poetic gestures that enable me to grasp more closely the concept of time. Organic shapes, words and immersive spaces are then created as a result of this exploration. I am interested in how the final installation or interaction creates a space of reflection that invites the viewers to pose their own questions about existence and time. The most essential part of my work is to interrogate what seems to be unanswerable.
Helena Ospina Lizarralde
© Yegan Mazandarani
Helena Ospina Lizarralde
Colombian / Based in Berlin
2022 UDK Universität der Künste Berlin, guest student. (Prof. Kristina Leko)
2020 European Graduate School, seminars The Obscene Masters. (Prof. Slavoj Žižek)
2018 Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia.
2012 Fine Arts Seminar, Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts. Pennsylvania, EEUU.
Selected group exhibitions
2023 ARCOT. Tokyo, Japan
2022 This is not a love song/ Räume für aktivierung, Galerie M. Berlin, Germany.
2022 48 Stunden Neukölln. Berlin, Germany.
2022 Art Spring Berlin, Kino Colosseum. Berlin, Germany.
2021 End of Nations, Monopol Berlin. Berlin, Germany.
2021 GlogauAIR residency final exhibition. Berlin, Germany.
2020 ARTBO (Bogotá International Art Fair) , Artecámara. Antes de que todo sea polvo, curated by Emiliano Valdés. Bogotá, Colombia.
2018 Al interior, Media Luna Gallery. Bogotá, Colombia.
2017 Exhibition MUDA, Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia.
2015 Salón Séneca Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia.
2014 American Society The Art of Living, USA Embassy. Bogotá, Colombia. 2012 PAFA (Pennsylvania academy of fine arts). Pennsylvania, EEUU.
2023 Do you paint or do you draw?
Lectures and Talks
2022 Artist talk, Warum sind wir hier Projekt. Projktraum Galerie M. Berlin, Germany.
Recognitions / Residencies / Grants
2022 Selected mentee 2022, Artist Pilots Project (Mentor; Sonya Schönberger). Berlin, Germany.
2021 Residency at GlogauAIR. Berlin, Germany.
2012 Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts. Pennsylvania, EEUU.