Tatiana Arocha (1974) is a New York-born Colombian artist, living in Brooklyn on Lenape ancestral lands. Her art practice explores intimacy between people and land, rooted in personal memory and her immigrant experience, and centers on community through public art interventions and transdisciplinary knowledge exchange. Most often, Arocha’s works vivify and reconstruct the vulnerable tropical forests of her homeland, confronting the ecological, emotional, and cultural loss caused by extractive economies and colonial practices. In weaving together historical and contemporary technologies, Arocha’s unconventional process and craft express her layered relationship with nature and cultural transformation.
She has held residencies at The Wassaic Project, LABverde, Centro Selva, Arquetopia, Sinfonia Tropico, and Zea Mays Printmaking. Arocha has received funding from The Sustainable Arts Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, and City Artist Corps.
Solo exhibitions include Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, BioBAT Project Space, Queens Botanical Garden, and site-specific installations at BRIC, Brookfield Place/Winter Garden, MTA Arts, Goethe-Institut Kolumbien, and Hilton Bogota Corferias. She has participated in group exhibitions at Smack Mellon, Wave Hill, BRIC, The Wassaic Project, ArtBridge, KODALab, and The Clemente.
About San Lorenzo de Barichara Foundation
The San Lorenzo de Barichara Foundation was created 20 years ago to promote the development of Barichara, a town in Santander, Colombia. Its purpose is to bring together the community in Barichara and the surrounding rural area, collect the diverse knowledge of the people, review local materials, and honor Santander’s traditions and expertise in botany and art. From plants such as fique and pineapple, long fibers are extracted that are intertwined with each other in an artisanal way until a strong, resistant paper surface is obtained that is suitable for drawing and painting.
Ten female heads of households work in this space using natural fibers and dyes under the maintenance and care of an ecological path that showcases how numerous plants can become paper. From time to time, the workshop travels to nearby schools to pass down their knowledge, while supporting neighbors who are related in one way or another to their trades. Collectively they cultivate the fibers that are needed to weave a community.