This text addresses the artistic production of Ana Claudia Múnera (b. 1966) who, starting in the eighties, began doing important work in the video medium. She has experimented with moving images both on monitors and beyond them, constructing the video sculptures and video installations fundamental to her body of work.
Múnera has addressed issues closely tied to her life and her experiences, as well as the contexts in which they take place. Her video installations include Vestido de novia [Wedding Dress] (1997), presented at the VI Havana Biennial (Cuba); Ronda [Round] (1997) presented at the XXXVII Salón Nacional de Artistas; the video Escala uno a uno [Full Scale] (2000); and the performance A la rueda rueda (2007) produced for the Encuentro Internacional de Medellín, Prácticas Artísticas Contemporáneas MDE 07.
The Colombian Center is a venue geared to disseminating Colombian culture in New York. It housed the exhibition BIO*. *As in ‘Biography’, ‘Biology’, ‘Biogenesis’ which featured—in addition to Múmera’s work—sculptures by Pablo Wang Wong (b. 1957) and photographs by Alejandro Castaño (b. 1961), both of whom are Colombian as well.
Ana Claudia Múnera received a degree in art from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia (Medellín campus) in 1990, in education from the Universidad del Bosque in Bogotá in 2000, and in multimedia design from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia (Medellín campus). Starting in 1999 and into the present (2010), she has been a professor at the School of Art of the Universidad Nacional of Colombia (Medellín campus). She participated in the VI Havana Biennial (Cuba, 1997), the II Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, 1999), as well as a number of editions of regional and national art salons.
Colombian historian, art critic, and curator Carolina Ponce de León (b. 1957) is the author of El Efecto Mariposa Ensayos 1985-2000. In 1992, she was one of the curators of Ante América, an exhibition held at the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango in Bogotá. She was awarded a fellowship from the Ministerio de Cultura to carry out the research project entitled Crítica y Arte en Colombia 1974-2004. At present (2010), she is the director of Galería La Raza in San Francisco, California.