Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.
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Why is so little known about Colombia’s pre-Columbian history? Carl Henrik Langebaek presents a work that challenges the limits of what we thought we knew about the Colombian territory before the arrival of the Spanish. This Colombian anthropologist and archaeologist lectures at the University of the Andes’ Department of Anthropology and is the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent title is Antes de Colombia. Los primeros 14.000 años (2021), a fascinating and unparalleled exploration of the cultures that populated what is now Colombia before the Spanish conquest. Starting with the hunter-gatherer stage of this land’s inhabitants, exploring a deep past that has so often been ignored, Langebaek travels through more than 14,000 years to give us a much more complete view of what we are today as a country. He will talk to María del Rosario Escobar.
We will talk to the artist in charge of the exhibition Hijas del Agua, Ruvén Afanador and Ana González Rojas, who visited 26 indigenous settlements in Colombia to portray the beauty and uniqueness of the members of those communities. Throughout this journey they crossed the country from the Guajira desert, passing through the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the mountains of Cauca, Urabá in Antioquia, the Chiribiquete mountain range, the Apaporis river in Vaupés, until the seemingly limitless Amazonas river and its lush jungle. The photographer Ruvén Afanador was raised between Colombia and the United States and has worked for prestigious magazines such as Time, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Hollywood Reporter. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Colombia, Spain, Italy, the United States, Argentina and Japan. Ana González Rojas, a Colombian artist and architect, is one of the most renowned female artists on the national scene. In her work she is faithful to her feminine legacy, with a particular perspective on themes such as displacement in society, the devastation of nature and the protection of biodiversity. In conversation with the biologist Brigitte Baptiste.
With the support of AECID and the Spanish Embassy