Exhibitions | Embera - Chamis ¡Chao, nos vemos! | 2014
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Akéebariburú" | 2013 | Analogue Print
Opening and Closing: Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 8:00pm to Monday, 12 May 2014 - 6:00pm

The past May 5, the launch of "POV FEMALE Bogotá" took place in Valenzuela Klenner Gallery

POV Female aims to promote the work of five young female photographers based in five different cities worldwide, through the production of monographic publications in an edition of 100 copies only. Previous editions took place in:

2011, London | Charlotte Player, Tara Darby, Rasha Kahil, Briony Campbell, Bronwen Parker-Rhodes

2012, Tokyo | Mayumi Hosokura, Emi Fukuyama, Mirai Hara, Mari Kojima, Kasane Nogawa

2013, Johannesburg | Nadine Hutton, Alexia Webster, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Tracy Edser, Lisa King

2014 | Bogotá | Karen Paulina Biswell, Estefanía González, Ana María Ruiz, Guadalupe Ruiz, Joana Toro

2015 | Beirut 

Project created and curated by: Damien Poulain | Oodee

Format: 27 x 20,5 cm | Paper: Cyclus 115 gsm | Printed digitally in England | Each book is published in an edition of 100 copies | Hand numbered.


Karen Paulina Biswell is one of the selected artists of this project with the series "Embera - Chamis ¡Chao, nos vemos!". The project came about due to an intuitive curiosity. It is born out of the development of friendship and trust with Lindelia and Albeiro, young Embera parents who, like many others, were selling jewellery on the streets. The indigenous groups that line the streets of central Bogota are in some way a living memory. We acknowledge their existence as a symbol of heritage, however there is a fractured relationship between this consolation of memory and of the contemporary circumstance they have come to assume.

Today, three generations of indigenous Indians live in the large cities. My experience with these communities, and the work that followed, is evidence of an enforced cultural fusion, however one that has become appropriated and naturalised with time. 

I wanted my portraits to reflect this metamorphosis, but also to show the implicit native resistance to the loss of their culture. Upon entering this diary, we feel the strength of their traditional values. This became the central axis: to draw a portrait of dignity, without showing or judging the underlying violence.

Selected works
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Chamí" | 2013 | Analogue Print
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Akéebariburú" | 2013 | Analogue Print
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Dau" | 2013 | Analogue Print
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Jua" | 2013 | Analogue Print
From the series "Embera-Chamis ¡Chao, now demos!" | "Kuarabú" | 2013 | Analogue Print