Selected works by Fredy Alzate

Fredy Alzate
Lugares en Fuga


Bricks, concrete and metal

Diameter 115 cm

Lugares en Fuga (Fleeing Places) is an unsettling object.
At first glance it appears as a section of a wall that has folded upon itself following an unexpected transformation; a metamorphosis utterly inappropriate for the materials that symbolize endurance and security: brick and mortar.
As with some other similarly minded contemporary artists, Fredy Alzate is deeply influenced by architecture and its multiple vernacular surrogates.
His work focuses on the observation of the constructive principles that guide precarious urbanization in his city of birth, Medellin, and by extension in the Latin American urbis at large.
In his sculptures and installation pieces, the artist explores the inherent contradictions of uncontainable urban (under) development and the permanent mutations produced by the urgency of adapting buildings to the landscape in the city’s poor peripheries. Through careful observation of social space, his work is both political and poetic, as it draws its constructive psychology from literary references: Lugares en Fuga refers to Italo Calvino’s novel ‘Invisible Cities’.
Built within the formal lexicon of architecture, his simulacrum dissects the marginalization of large sectors of the population across the continent. The apparent chaos perched up in the hills of the urban peripheries of Latin America challenge deceptive narratives of progress, bringing to mind that we live in a fragile culture of congestion.
This fragility appears blatantly expressed in Alzate’s installation Aluvión (Landslide). The composition, made of resin-cast sculptures mixed with heaps of recycled demolition materials, re-enacts the precariousness of vernacular architecture when submitted to the brutal forces of nature, aggravated by deforestation and over construction.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Fredy Alzate's Biography

Fredy Alzate
Born in 1975, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia
Lives and works in Medellín, Colombia


Fifth facade. VII Award Luis Caballero, Leopoldo Rother Museum, Bogota, Colombia
Alluvium, Creation Grant, Mayor of Medellín. Room U, National
University of Colombia at Medellín, Colombia

Alluvium, Creation Grant, Mayor of Medellín. Library Park Bethlehem, Medellín, Colombia.
Epiphora. Water games. Water Museum, Foundation EPM- MAMM, Medellín, Colombia.

Vanishing Points, De la Oficina Gallery. Medellin, Colombia

Items, Centro Colombo Americano, San Fernando, Medellin, Colombia.

Ceiling, Eladio Vélez Exhibition Hall, Fine Arts Palace, Medellin, Colombia

Detached, Tres Patios Gallery, Medellin, Colombia.
Mild, University Museum, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Tempo, Abierta Gallery, Medellin, Colombia

Mild, FUGA, Bogot√°, Colombia
Trace, Quinta Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

Epiphora, National University, Manizales, Colombia

Water, Caldas Art Museum, Manizales, Colombia
Weathered, Museum of Art, Pereira, Colombia.2000
Something in Common, MAMM, Medellin, Colombia
Water, De la Oficina Gallery. Medellin, Colombia
Water - Vestiges, Graduate Work, University Museum, UdeA, Medellin, Colombia


Domino - Domino bis. √Čglise des Cordeliers, Gourdon, France.
43 Salon (Inter) National Artists, Medellin
Parcours d'art contemporain du Vallet lot. Maison des Arts
Georges Pompidou, Centre d'art contemporanné Cajarc, France
Dis-Uses. delinfinitoarte bogot√°, Bogota
On the horizon of Cano. EAFIT University, Medellin

Containers, BANASTA Gallery , Rionegro, Colombia
Arte C√°mara/ ARBO, CORFERIAS, Bogot√°, Colombia.2nd Bogota
Fine and Visual Arts Biennial Prize, FGAA, Bogot√°, Colombia.Lab
34 / Sustainability and Memory, Centro Colombo American, Medellin, Colombia
Mild Architectures, Art Wynwood Fair, Miami, United States.

The Artist's Table, Alliance Française, Medellin, Colombia
De Urbe, About the City, Suramericana Exhibition Hall, Medellin, Colombia
Model ‚Äė70, Art Faculty Cultural Center, UdeA, Medellin, Colombia

Arte C√°mara / ARBO, CORFERIAS, Bogot√°, Colombia
Bogota Fine and Visual Arts Biennial Prize, FGAA, Bogota, Colombia
Vanishing Points, Possible Architectures, City Exhibition Hall, EPM- Medellin Museum of Modern Art, Medellin, Colombia
Bicentennial Exhibition, In-situ. Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia

About Nomad, the Decapitated Memory, Santa Teresa Cloister / National University, Bogota, Colombia
15 on 7, Taller Siete, Medellin, Colombia
Cut 50, IDB Meeting /, Medellin, Colombia

Art-Archaeology, Alzate Pottery, University Museum, UdeA, Medellin, Colombia

Eleven, MS in Fine and Visual Arts, National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia

2nd Two-Dimensional Art Exhibition, Gilberto Alzate Avenda√Īo Foundation, Bogot√°, Colombia

From the Outside, Graduate Exhibition, Chamber of Commerce, Medellin, Colombia
Planet Water, Deseos Park - Centro Colombo Americano, Medellín, Colombia

Four Artists, Suramericana Exhibition Hall, Medellin, Colombia
10th Artists Regional Exhibition, Antioquia Zone, Museum of Modern Art -EAFIT, Medellin
4th Regional Image, Approaches to Painting, BLAA - Banco de la Republica, Bogot√°
25th Arturo and Rebeca Rabinovich Art Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Medellin
Art is a Party, 25th anniversary of Medellin Museum of Modern Art
Medellin, a City of Extremes, Civic Centre Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona, Spain
13th Artists Exhibition, University Museum, University of Antioquia, Medellin

Exhibition of Young Artists from Latin America and Spain, Andres Bello Agreement, Caracas, Venezuela
Horizons: Other Landscapes 1950-2001, Suramericana Exhibition