VI annual homenaje al agua

VI Annual Homenaje al Agua (Tribute to Water) Supports the Victims of the Cold Wave

More than 22 artists from 8 countries are joining together to pay tribute to water and create awareness for the conservation of this vital resource.  The works included in this tribute – the subjects of which are directly related to water  – will be exhibited from December 14 through February 10, 2011, in the Galleria Café Libro at Park and Carrera 93. and will form part of an auction attended by collectors, art dealers, and notables from around the world.  All proceeds will be donated to the victims of the cold wave.

Alfonso Ariza, Alexandra Villegas, Alicia Tafur, Ángel Loochkartt, Carlos Mario Sarmiento, Diego Arango, Edgar Estupiñán, Fernando Maldonado, Gladys Ortíz, Gerald Dilley, Gilberto Cerón, José Ismael Rivera, Juan Manuel Lugo, Marco Aurelio Gutiérrez, Mauricio Mayorga, Nelly Otero Blum, Nicolás Sperakis, Octavio Mendoza, Olga Lucía Low, Ricardo Villegas, Rodrigo Fernández y Yolanda Mesa, among others, are the artists participating in this tribute.  Eduardo Márceles Daconte will curate the exhibition.

Artists from Argentina, Canadá, Colombia, Spain, the United States, France and Peru will participate in this international tribute to water. Music, poetry, and video presentations will also be featured.

Every year for the last six years this event has taken place in the town of Villa de Leyva in order to raise awareness and inform the public through conferences, colloquiums and cultural presentations. This year the Galeria Café Libro joins the Homenaje Internacional al Agua in this exhibition, the opening of which also will be attended by writers, musicians, poets, and actors who are dedicated to this cause.

On Tuesday, December 14, at 7:00 PM, in the traditional setting which the Galeria Café Libro offers its guests, a work of art will be raffled off to one of the attendees, and the proceeds will be the first contribution donated to the victims of this winter’s storms.  The base price of each raffle ticket will be 50,000 Colombian Pesos, which can be increased at the discretion of the buyer. 

The auction of the art works will take place on February 10, the last day of the exhibition, the same day that Andrea Echeverry and Los Aterciopelados will officially close the sixth Tribute with a concert.

The sixth annual Homenaje Internacional al Agua is an event organized by the Corporación Cultural y Ambiental, Culturagua, with the assistance of the  Galería Café Libro.

BACKGROUND

In 2005, the growing concern over water and the lack of awareness of its use in the town of Villa de Leyva, led to a search for a way to promote community awareness within the town and to foster ways to protect and manage this vital resource.

It was at this moment that the Corperacion Cultural y Ambiental, Culturagua, iniated the first Homenaje al Agua in Villa de Leyva. It ran for five days, and included twenty activities consisting of theatrical and dance presentations, the showing of movies,  and concerts, colloquiums, field trips, conferences, and art exhibits.

This and the four subsequent Tributes witnessed the participation of artists from countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Spain, the United States, France, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Peru, and South Africa.  More than 1,150 national and foreign artists have formed part of these Tributes with works in various disciplines (painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation art, photography, performance art, music and poetry)

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