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Espacio El Dorado


Espacio el Dorado is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2015 in the neighbourhood La Macarena, Bogotá, Colombia. The gallery is made up of four spaces in dialogue with one another, and forming connections to each other. The garden, as the space which links together the four exhibitions, hosts container 2 and black box, together with the entrance to the annex and El Dorado.

El Dorado, the main building, has three floors, each with particular architectural qualities. The first is a black cube, unfinished, with unpaved sand floors, thus allowing for the structure to show through. The second is a white cube, presented as a “neutral” space which completely isolates the work from its surroundings, and the third is a grey cube, which has a medium-sized window, generating a partial contact of the work to the exterior.

The name of the gallery comes from the legend of El Dorado, and borrows the imaginary of this mythical place, of abundant riches. A utopia, which seems utopic because of its very impossibility. Espacio el Dorado seeks to materialize artistic imaginaries whose ambition resembles, in a certain way, the conception of the mythical gold city. The colonial origins of the legend allude to the constant dialogue between Espacio el Dorado and its Colombian context. The purpose of the gallery is the realization of these ambitious ideas, apparently impossible, which profoundly alter the identity of the artist, the space, and the surrounding art scene.

The exhibitions are works developed in situ and are the result of an interdisciplinary dialogue. Accompanied by varied contents and texts, they incite questions open to error and experimentation.

 

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