Art Exhibits & Residences

FALL 2017

Be Patient | Se Paciente

Colombian Surgeon and Contemporary Artist Libia Posada Brings Unique Visual Perspective to Duke as Visiting Katz Family Fellow



With support provided by the Katz Family Women, Ethics and Leadership Fund, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Global Health Institute, and the Artist Studio Project Dr. Libia Posada visited Duke University (Aug. 31 to Sept. 16, 2017). Posada, a Katz Family Fellow, spent her time on campus and in Durham leading workshops and presentations with students, faculty and community members that deal with migration and trauma and how she connects art and medicine.

Posada also showcased her work and produced an original art installation throughout her stay. Under the title, “BE PATIENT | SE PACIENTE,” the exhibition was comprised of materials collected from Duke’s Medical Surplus Warehouse and Posada's own work. The installation was on view from  Sept. 5 through Sept. 20, 2017 at the Fredric Jameson Gallery in the Friedl Building on East Campus.


Herbas-3-1-for-web.jpg, by Libia Posada

Libia Posada's residence included:

A collaboration with the local non-profit El Centro Hispano, which advocates for equity and inclusion for Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle. She developed in focus-group style workshops on migration, body, and geography based on her 2008 artwork “Cardinal Signs (Body Maps).” The intend was to mapped the journey of forced displayed (based on her initial records on Colombians flying the civil conflict). In Durham, Posada worked with a group of Central American migrants that shared their stories of coming to the U.S. and detail the process of using their bodies for the migration journey. They produced maps of their travels as a way to represent the physical toll of the experience. 

At Duke, Posada visited classes to present on her work dealing with gender based violence with students, faculty and staff, the Global Health Institute, the and Social Practice Lab, The Spanish Language Program, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Posada lead short workshop discussions on the topics from a medical, cultural, and social perspective. She focused on the phenomenon from the perspective of public health that inflict violence, and trauma.

Posada  participated in the Franklin Humanities Institute’s Health Humanities Conference, “Breath, Body, Voice.” She co-lead a workshop on her unique medical/artistic practice that links research, action, and creation with communities in Colombia and Durham.

Her art exhibit and reception was be held at the Fredric Jameson Gallery, 115 Friedl Building (Duke East Campus). on Sep16, 2017. 


Libia Posada, Colombia

About Libia Posada

Libia Posada, M.D., is a surgeon and contemporary artist from Medellín, Colombia. She specializes in emergency medicine, social medicine, and visual art at the University of Antioquia. Her overlapping medical/artistic practice focuses on public health, intimate partner violence, forced displacement, trauma, traditional medicine, and community healing practices.

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Posada has worked for public hospitals and in private practice to care for patients suffering physical and psychological trauma from Colombia's history of internal conflict, including violent crime, narcoterrorism, forced displacement, and epidemic gender violence. Her art, ranging from performance to installation, photography, drawing, and video, is collaborative and community-responsive.

Her 2009-2011 "Cardinal Signs (Body Maps)" explores embodied storytelling of forced migration through focus group work and temporary body tattoos. In 2012, "Neurographics and Grey Matter: The Inefficacy of Reason" conducted workshops with victims of forced displacement and the visual medium of diagnostic MRI images to produce testimonial visual installations. Her current work is engaged with botanical knowledge and alternative healing practices, including nutrition, sustainable food practices, and community memory of health traditions. Dr. Posada has exhibited in Colombia, Mexico, the UK, Brazil, China, Switzerland, Cuba, and Chile.

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Materia Gris | Grey Matter (installation), 2010 & Signos Cardinales | Cardinal Signs (2009-2011)

Posada's Signos Cardinales | Cardinal Signs (bodily maps) will be replicated via workshops and photography with migrant communities during her time in Durham.

Dr. Posada’s artistic residence at Duke University is sponsored by the the Katz Family Women, Ethics and Leadership Fund at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and organized by Kearsley Stewart of the Duke Global Health Institute, and Miguel Rojas Sotelo, of Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Produced by the Artist Studio Project: the art of collaboration.

More information: Contact: MIGUEL ROJAS-SOTELO. Curator. Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies & the Artist Studio Project (ASP) |  | 133 John Hope Franklin Center. 2204 Erwin Rd. | Tel. (919) 681 3883 | (919) 358 0787 mobile


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