Paola Gaviria, “En Vitrina,” 2010. Performance at La Vitrina, Cali. Courtesy Lugar a Dudas
Lugar a Dudas (“Room for Doubts”) is an independent, nonprofit space that was founded because of the problematic status of artistic activity in Cali, a city located in a valley between the western and central mountain ranges in southwest Colombia. With a population close to 250,000, it is the largest city of the department of Valle del Cauca.
As its name suggests, Lugar a Dudas was created as a “laboratory.” It works in three articulated action/spaces/areas that have been shaped over the years according to the needs and uses of the space, and the way it operates. Consequently, its programs and series of activities are directed all toward research, critical thinking, and production of meaning within the field of contemporary artistic practice. Lugar a Dudas’s events, talks, exhibitions, and workshops aim to make visible the problems and discrepancies of the context in which we live. The space aspires to stimulate discussion and support experiences that accompany transformations of the cultural sectors of Cali and the surrounding region, and to provide the community with a constant, active, and reflexive approach to contemporary artistic practice.