Reyes Santiago Rojas
The work Sarta (String) is part of a larger series of works that examine the commercialization of the tobacco plant and its relationship to the meaning and use of tobacco by Native American tribes such as the Mayas, Aztecs, Incas or Tainos, which attributed spiritual qualities to tobacco such as the smoke carrying one’s thoughts and prayers to the sprits. In this work the artist studied the forms of tobacco leaves native to Latin America and recreated their shapes with commercial tobacco packaging from such global brands as Marlboro or Camel to the most popular Colombian brand Pielroja. The leaves made of the packaging material are lined up on a string as if they are hung out to dry as in traditional tobacco making processes.
Graduated in 2012 from the Universidad Nacional in Colombia, Reyes Santiago Rojas works with themes relates to nature, patience and garbage. He participated in the Pabellon de Jovenes talentos Arte Cámara 2010 and ARTBO 2016. Besides his collective shows in Colombia, Mexico and The United States. He presented his individual show Lote 11.900 in MIAMI Practicas Contemporáneas. Bogotá, 2016 and has participated in many collective shows.