Marleny
Colombia - Netherlands / 2021 / single channel video installation / HD video, 16:9, colour, stereo / 2'18'', loop

The video Marleny shows the resemblance of Minutos seller Marleny and her accesories in 21st century Medellín with the painting Allegory of Justice by Lucas Cranach from 1537. Curators Marja van Putten and Astrid Moors of 50-50 Lady Justice adopted this painting as image for their group exhibition. When seeing their Open Call I instantly had to think of the accessories of Minutos sellers I have seen in Colombia. One of them is in my film Calle from 2018: Marleny in Medellín. All female artists were asked to come up with a male counterpart. I invited Jan Rothuizen to relate to my work with drawings. For the video I asked artist Alejandro Vasquez Salinas to film Minutos seller Marleny again in June 2021.
My proposal was selected. The group show will take place at gallery Playroom in Zaandam in October 2021.

Some background information about the Minutos phenomenon:

In Colombia, many people make phone calls at street vendors who have about four to six mobile telephones (celulares) with different providers.
It is cheaper and faster to call on one of their mobile phones than to buy new credit, not to mention taking out a subscription. It is also cheaper to make calls within the same provider, e.g. Tigo, Claro, Movistar etc. The customer pays per minute, hence the name minutos.
The sellers store their cell phones in the pockets of blue, orange or fuchsia vests that have Minutos Celular printed on them. They also have small banners that say how many pesos 1 minute of calling costs. The vests are for sale on the street or in shops. The telephones are linked to the dealer by means of chains or ropes to prevent theft.