From the 12th of August to the 22nd of November 2019, Sinfonía Trópico will host several creative processes in Vaupés - Mitú, together with national artists and local young people. These processes –"Bodies of Water" directed by Bayron Orrego and "A Reforested Body" directed by Andrés Pineda– invite through a creative-participatory research which explores arts and non-verbal languages, to start a dialogue on life in the Amazon rainforest and its diversity.
Mitú, capital of the Colombian department of Vaupés in the Amazon region, is part of the territory known as the Upper Black River. Vaupés is a department with an approximate population of seven thousand inhabitants, with a territorial history of border, since it is located to the margin of the Vaupés river, being a place of transition between the dry plains of the Orinoquía and the Amazonian humid forest, and it borders with Brazil. The rubber "bonanza", which goes from 1850 to 1970, affected a lot these lands of difficult access opening way to other "bonanzas" like the exploitation of exotic species, gold mining and cocaine production. These "bonanzas" in Vaupés, as well as the growing deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, have penetrated and damaged the natural ecosystems and, consequently, all the cultural, spiritual, mental, fauna, flora and socio-cultural traditions of all those who cohabit in this territory.
The Vaupés territory presents a series of special cultural characteristics, since it is inhabited by 27 indigenous groups belonging to the groups Tucano Oriental, Tucano Medio and Arawak, among which the indigenous peoples Tucano, Cubeo, Desano stand out, Piratapuyo, Guanano, Barazano, Taiwan, Carapana, Macuna, Siriano, Tatuyo, Tuyuca, Bará, Yurutí, Tanimuca, Letuama, Yucuna, Tariano, Cabiyarí, Curripaco, Carijona, Makú - Yujup and Pisamira, and in smaller representation the Janena, Papiwa, Mirití, Tapuya, Eduria and Metunos; each with their own language. In addition, their presence in the territory dates back approximately 15,000 years. This means that more than 80% of the inhabitants of the department are indigenous. On the other hand, the population mestiza, white, afrodescendant, raizal, among others, is located mainly in the urban centers, being the minority. Andrés Pineda
For the wealth and biodiversity that cohabits in this territory, we will host in these next three months two parallel creative processes for the local young people of Mitú. These processes are directed by Bayron Orrego and Andrés Pineda, both teachers in Mitú, and will have special guests, such as Luis Fernando Jaramillo Hurtado of SINCHI, the artist and photographer Mateo Pérez Correa, performance artist Fernando Pertuz, artists and muralists of the Atempo Collective. They will all support these two processes - Water Bodies and A Reforested Body - reflecting, creating and learning collectively about the Amazon rainforest and the local socio-cultural diversity, through the creation of murals, analog photography, performance, dance, and participating creative research.
There will be a final presentation on November 21st, 2019 in Mitú, with an exhibition/installation of the creative research process of Water Bodies, a great action in the public space of A Reforested Body –where the participation of around 300 young people is planned–, and where the three Diversity Murals created during these months with the support of the artists of the Colectivo Atempo and the participants of both processes will be presented.
In the municipality of Mitú there are about 16 wetlands that take their names from the neighbourhoods through which their waters flow. These wetlands are not independent bodies of water, but constitute a water complex that, together with some of the municipality's pipes, make up the so-called Mitú wetland system. There are multiple benefits of these and are necessary for the presence of the unique fauna and flora within these ecosystems, thus enhancing the existing biodiversity. However, these bodies of water have been suffering a permanent deterioration caused by the processes of occupation of the territory since its inception and up to the present forming an environmental imbalance, generating a strong impact on the ecosystem. It is for this reason that the activities developed in each of the Water Bodies sessions are aimed at exploring the relationship between culture and nature from different artistic stakes and local and traditional knowledge, allowing personal and collective reflection on this and other socio-environmental issues. Bayron Orrego