Project room at FORO.SPACE Gallery
Bogotá, Colombia


2019 / 2020 / 2021

 about el pueblo es superior a sus dirigentes
Pável Aguilar (Tegucigalpa, 1989) is interested in the dissemination of political discourse of historical leaders in the continent. In El pueblo es superior a sus líderes [The people are superior to their leaders], he focuses on Colombian President Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, one of the main liberal world leaders in the first half of the twentieth century. The artist created a musical composition from the sound intonation of the last speech that Gaitán delivered prior to his murder on April 9, 1948, which resulted in the popular uprising known as El Bogotazo.

The execution of Gaitán, head of the Liberal Party, unleashed a wave of protests that expanded from Bogotá to other cities and regions in the country, triggering the era known as La Violencia (Violence). The duration of this historical episode, that for some covers the 1948-1958 decade, is still debated as its consequences have lasted longer than imagined, adding to the many reasons that unleashed a complex internal armed conflict in which the Public Force, various guerrillas, paramilitary groups, drug dealers and criminal gangs have participated to this day.

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