Accessability: Text Size: Larger Smaller Layout: Reduced graphics

Impressions Gallery

exhibitions: past

Once more, with feeling: Recent photography from Colombia

14th Dec - 03rd Feb 2008

Six contemporary artists from Colombia explore interlinking themes of repetition, memory and performance.

Watch curator Pippa Oldfield discuss the work in the exhibition Once more, with feeling

This major international exhibition of photography and video work is organised by Impressions in joint collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery (London) and is co-curated by Camilla Brown and Pippa Oldfield. It brings together both emerging and established artists rarely seen in the UK. Whilst their approaches are diverse, all suggest the notion ‘once more, with feeling’: an action repeated, remembered or re-visited.

Juan Pablo Echeverri goes to a passport photo booth every day, and has accumulated over seven years worth of self-portraits.

María Elvira Escallón
revisits the harrowing aftermath of a bomb in the Colombian capital of Bogotá.

Oscar Muñoz
brings to life a forgotten archive of photographs depicting life in the city of Cali in the fifties, sixties and seventies.

María Isabel Rueda documents the culture of Colombia’s Goth scene.

Milena Bonilla
anonymously sews the torn seats of buses whilst traveling in the city.

Juan Manuel Echavarría
records the songs composed by country dwellers displaced by guerrilla violence.

Some of the works, like Guerra y pa (War and Peace) by Juan Manuel Echavarría, depict cycles of repetition, either moving towards resolution or trapped in an inescapable loop. Others, such as Desde Adentro (From Within) by María Elvira Escallón, try to find ways of re-presenting conflict to viewers numbed by repeated acts of violence. Archivo porcontacto (Archive By Contact) by Oscar Muñoz, re-visits and re-examines events in order to evoke memories. Vampiros de la sabana (Vampires of the Savannah) by María Isabel Rueda is one of the several works that uses repetition, performance and portraiture to express or question identity.

All of the works have been made in the last few years and many of them have not been shown in the UK before. To find out more, pick up one of the exhibition guides in the gallery, watch the film or see the accompanying publication Once more, with feeling.

Once more, with feeling was funded by The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Exhibition resources

Click here to download an information sheet about the exhibition (pdf 520kb)


Once more, with feeling: Recent photography from Colombia is available to buy in the Gallery Bookshop for £12.00. The publication includes an essay by co-curators Camilla Brown and Pippa Oldfield. Further specially commissioned essays by Jaime Ceron, Pippa Oldfield and Santiago Rueda Farjado explore the wider context of photography in Colombia. With an extensive biographical and resource section, this book provides a valuable starting point for anyone wishing to find out more about the contemporary photography scene in Colombia. Click here to read more

Exhibition on Tour

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum 13 June to 8 March 2009
The University of Hertfordshire 29 October to 29 November 2008
The Photographers' Gallery 18 April to 15 June 2008
The University of Essex 21 February to 22 March 2008

Juan Manuel Echavarría: Guerra y pa’ (War and Peace)

Juan Manuel Echavarría: Guerra y pa’ (War and Peace)

Click on thumbnail below to enlarge

Juan Manuel Echavarría: Guerra y pa’ (War and Peace) Juan Manuel Echavarría: Bocas de ceniza (Mouths of Ash)		Juan Pablo Echeverri: Miss fotojapón Milena Bonilla: Plano transitorio (Transitory Map) María Elvira Escallón: Desde adentro (From Within) María Isabel Rueda: Vampiros en la Sabana (Vampires of the Savannah) Oscar Muñoz: El puente (The Bridge) Oscar Muñoz: Re/trato (Portrait / I retreat) Oscar Muñoz: El puente (The Bridge) Gallery Installation Juan Manuel Echavarría: Bocas de ceniza (Mouths of Ash) Gallery Installation Juan Pablo Echeverri: Miss fotojapón (Gallery Installation) Juan Manuel Echavarría: Bocas de ceniza (Mouths of Ash) Gallery Installation Gallery Installation Milena Bonilla: Plano transitorio (Transitory Map) Gallery Installation


At the moment I am also working on the notion of the found passport picture. Please visit my site and I wondered whether you could put me in touch with the artists.

Kind regards

Dave Crawley

David Thomas Crawley

Interesting range of images - well presented.

I love the special window and te screaming parrot!

Exhibition visitor

I think you’ve done brilliantly on this one. Superb!

So effective for such a brief insight into Colombian life and culture. Very nicely presented also.

Great Exhibition, Great country - may it have the peace its people deserve!

Exhibition visitor

The time line was a wonderful idea, i loved how the young man changed over ten years, but how on earth he could afford all those different clothes and hairstyles!!??

Well done.

Exhibition visitor

Beautiful and very inspiring.

Exhibition visitor

Been to see the exhibition?

Why not tell us about it?


Please note: Fields marked with an asterix (*) are required