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Juan Manuel Echavarría was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1947. He resides in Bogotá. A writer before becoming an artist, he published two novels, La gran catarata (Bogotá: Editorial Arco, 1981) and Moros en la costa (Bogotá: Ancora Editores, 1991). As of 2015 Echavarría has presented over thirty solo exhibitions and participated in well over a hundred group exhibitions, screenings and film festivals. His first solo gallery exhibition was in New York in 1998.

Since then, his work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, the Korean Kwangju Biennial, Daros Latin America, Zurich, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. As well as, El Museo del Barrio, New York, at the Musée du Quai Branly and the Cartier Foundation in Paris, France and at Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany.

His first solo museum exhibition in the U.S, Mouths of Ash, was organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art in 2005 and traveled to the Weatherspoon Museum of Art in 2006 and the Santa Fe Art Institute in 2007 – 2008. He’s had two very important shows in Colombia at the Ciudadela Educativa y Cultural América in Puerto Berrío as well as the Museo La Tertulia in Cali.

In 2011 his works were shown in Tallinn, Stonia for the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial, in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Center for Contemporary Art, at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia and at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. In the next part of the year, his work was shown at the Bienal Do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Le Mois de la Photo à Montreal in Canada and at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina in Florence, Itlay. In 2012, he was invited to the Sidney Biennale All Our Relations to show Silencios and Requiem NN. In 2015 he will show his work at the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux and at the Université Catholique de Lovain in Belgium.

His videos have been screened at many festivals and exhibitions throughout the world such as Colombia, the United States, Canada, Israel, England, France, Spain, Hungary, South Korea, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Germany and Afghanistan.

In 2013 he showed Réquiem NN, his first feature length film, a world premiere at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena followed by the North American premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City

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Vive y trabaja en Bogotá. Los efectos de la violencia pueden describirse de un modo más impresionante que la propia violencia, como lo demuestra el video Bocas de ceniza: colom­bianos que testimoniaron masacres terribles cantan canciones simples sobre sus experiencias. Este acto catártico y autoterapéutico tiene lugar con una con­centración tan intensa y una franqueza tan llamativa que la psiquis de los “cantores” queda totalmente al desnudo. La presencia casi insoportable de sus ojos y voces nos permite involucrarnos íntimamen­te, incluso sin haber conocido nunca los detalles. Echavarría logra la presencia (de la situación precaria de Colombia) a través de la ausencia (de material pictórico explícito). A menudo usa metáforas para hacer que su tema colombiano sea aplicable de forma universal. El estilo preciso y condensado permite que el observador solo tome conciencia de la obra mediante una inspección más de cerca” La relación social de dos loros en el video Guerra y pa’ se convierte en un símbolo persuasivo de la coexistencia humana. En Bandeja de Bolívar, el himno nacional colombiano se transforma paso a paso en un montoncito de cocaína. Plantas exóticas que parecen extraídas de enciclopedias botánicas del siglo XiX súbitamente se convierten en huesos humanos… 

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