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Cart[ajena]: Introduction

Cartagena de Indias, a colonial city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, will host the IV International Spanish Language Congress from 26 to 29 March 2007. In the course of the conference, exceptional homage will be paid to literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez celebrating his 80th birthday and 40th anniversary of publishing "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Concurrent with the Congress, the State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad (SEACEX) will launch the art project Cart[ajena]. It will be organized in collaboration with further Spanish and Colombian institutions. Cart[ajena] brings visual artists from Spain and Latin America together, whose works deal with language. The title is a wordplay consisting of Cartagena and the female form of the adjective ajeno (from the Latin alienus = alien), pronounced exactly like the second part of the city's name.

According to the curators Jorge Díez (Spain) and José Roca (Colombia): "The word is here both meeting point, and instance to explore the communicative possibilities and limits of language from the contemporary perspective of the visual arts. In addition to the exhibitions taking place at different venues and heritage buildings in Cartagena, the city itself is protagonist of many of the artworks: fences, billboards, sounds, performances, and urban interventions in the public space of the city will generate new pathways for debate and communication."

"The participating artists have dealt with the local context to produce artworks which refer to issues like the specific cultural values associated with language; the modisms and local color; the possibilities and limits of communication; the misunderstanding as creative resource; the limits of legibility; the language as creator of community; the dangers and vicissitudes of translation, among many others."

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SEACEX, Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior de España
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación
Ministerio de Cultura

In cooperation with:
Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia
Alcaldía de Cartagena de Indias
Embajada de España
Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española
Instituto Cervantes
Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea (España)

Cartagena de Indias:
Museo Histórico (Palacio de la Inquisición)
Museo de Arte Moderno
Museo de Arte Religioso (Iglesia de San Pedro Claver)
Museo Naval del Caribe
Palacio de la Gobernación
Art Cartagena
Biblioteca Departamental Bartolomé Calvo
Escuela de Bellas Artes (Salón Pierre Daguet)
Universidad de Cartagena
Tienda del Museo (Museo de Arte Moderno)



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