Emerging from the Colombian and Venezuelan social contexts and inspired by experiences in the border zone during their art residency BLURRED LINES, Santiago Velez and Ronald Pizzaferrato joined together to create this sculpture. TWO BICYCLES is an artwork that speaks for itself: two modified bicycles carrying each other build an analogy with the supportive relationship between Colombia and Venezuela. Through TWO BICYCLES, the artists remind us of the social importance of transportation in border zones. Helping people to move from one side of the border to another, trocheros are a group of people who transform bicycles into handcarts in order to cross the footpaths between countries. From Santiago Velez and Ronald Pizzaferrato’s perspective, Colombian trocheros represent a type of technology that is not virtual or digital, but a result of the migrant condition in Latin America.
For 10 days, six artists researched and created together innovative artworks to generate the exhibition BLURRED LINES. The art residency took place between 22/07/2022 and 31/07/2022 in Cúcuta, the destination of many refugees and migrants in Colombia. Because the city is on the border with Venezuela, MATZA EDGELANDS saw it as a relevant place to explore how new formats of social contract could emerge among the complex and blurred layers of cities. Curated by Séverin Guelpa and Anja Wyden Guelpa in alignment with the Edgelands Institute, MATZA EDGELANDS CÚCUTA combined MATZA’s artistic potential of addressing social and environmental issues with Edgelands’ urge to understand the consequences of technology and digitalization on the urban fabric.