Arribada à la métropole // Germán Sánchez

  • Opening and Public Presentation : 11 - 15 December 2019
  • Opening: December 11th from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Public presentation of the work: December 12th and 13th from 5 pm to 8 pm and December 14th and 15th from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Free access


During his residency at Eastern Bloc, the artist Germán Sánchez conceived an installation that will be presented at Eastern Bloc and in an intervention in the public space. It consists of a mobile campsite integrating strobe, video and sound lights that offers a visual parallel with the migratory phenomena of turtles. The project gives new meanings to the tent as a living element that fulfills its function when it moves through space, serves as a "home" in public space and as a form of political resistance.



"There are 8 species of marine turtles on our planet. It is estimated that they have lived for more than 150 million years (i.e. since the age of the dinosaurs) because of their migratory instinct to reproduce on the coasts most favorable to their survival. In biology, this phenomenon is called arribada (arrival). The main objective of this project is to consider the phenomenon of migration as a natural behavior of species that during their lifetime reach another soil that guarantees them the ideal conditions to preserve their existence on Earth. Starting from the tortue/tent relationship, the project proposes an encounter around the camp as a form of resistance where life refuses to disappear. Given the increasing number of migrants entering Canada since the second half of the 20th century and the anti-immigrant sentiment promoted by fearful policies, there is a need to provide a space for reflexion around this global issue. To deny migration is to deny the existence of humanity on Earth."




A student in visual arts at the University of Antioquia, Germán Sánchez wonders about the consequences of the misuse of new technologies and how their updating justifies the dehumanization of a system. His proposals address the ethical issues related to space through the political use of electronic devices, while also stimulating a reflexion on the role of technology in new ways of creating a community-building.


He presented his work at a solo exhibition at the MUUA and won Vitrinas Cundinamarca's first call to the Antioquia Museum. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Gallery of the Institute of Arts of the University of Campinhas in São Paulo, Brazil, and at the VI Biennale of Youth Art in Comfenalco. 


*This project is an artistic residency funded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.

  • Opening and Public Presentation : 11 - 15 December 2019