b. 1963, Pitalito, Colombia | lives and works in Cali, Colombia
Wilson Díaz’s practice encompasses music, painting, performance, photography, and video. The Colombian artist’s oeuvre is unified by his commitment to exploring the roots of conflict and corruption in his native country. Díaz’s two works acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection both explore the coca plant, from which cocaine is derived. In Colonial and Indigenous Names of the Coca Plant (Nombre colonial y nombres indígenas de la planta de coca, 2004/14), the artist presents the scientific and native names for coca using a pigment extracted from its seeds. The neon sculpture Movement of the Liberation of the Coca Plant (2012/14) represents the search for an alternative to the nexus of narcotraffic and insurgency that has shaped life in contemporary Colombia.