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Cultural Activation Laboratory

About El puente_lab

El puente_lab is a platform for artistic and cultural production, active in Medellín - Colombia, which aims to develop cultural projects on a local level, building bridges of communication with artists and experts through a strategy of international cooperation.

The projects developed by El puente_lab meet the specific needs of the social context where they are carried out, using artistic creativity as a tool of activation of cultural projects that initiate, facilitate and / or accompany processes of education, communication and urban and social transformation.


Juan Esteban Sandoval /

Artist based between Colombia and Italy. He has exhibited internationally since 1994. He is co-founder of the collective El puente_lab in Medellín, Colombia and director of the Cittadellarte Art Office - Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy.


He graduated as a teacher of visual arts at the National University of Colombia, Medellín. He has participated in residencies for artists at Cittadellarte- Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy; Villa Arson in Nice, France; O.K. Centrum in Linz, Austria and Four Corners in London, UK. In 2018 he received the NCTM award for art in Milan, Italy.

Alejandro Vásquez Salinas /

Alejandro Vásquez Salinas, Medellín 1979. Master of Fine Arts, Utrecht Netherlands School of Arts, He obtained his degree in visual arts from the University of Antioquia in 2003.


He is founder and member of the cultural corporation El puente_lab, a cultural activation laboratory; Through which he has participated in various projects and workshops with international artists in the city of Medellín; and several exhibitions in Italy, Austria and Lithuania.


In 2004 he participated in an artistic residency at UNIDEE University of Ideas Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella Italy, and has continued to cooperate with the institution in design and art projects. Winner of the Referentes al Arte y la Cultura award, Visual Arts category of the Medellín mayor's office in 2018,


He is currently Director of the Paul Bardwell Contemporary Art Gallery of the Centro Colombo Americano and is in charge of the Deseartepaz program of the same institution.


2016 - 2019

Mariángela Aponte Núñez.


Daniel Galvis, Wylly Medrano Zumaeta, Mattia Paco Rizzi, Juan Felipe Pérez, Armando Echeverri Gómez, Luis Guillermo Facio lince.


WUF 7 (World Urban Forum). Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen, María Camila Vélez, Yesenia Rodríguez, Jorge Rodríguez, Paula Rengifo, Víctor Muñoz, Daniel Urrea Peña. Talleres: Camilo Cantor, José Alejandro Gómez, Héctor Uribe, Sergio Ruda, Juan Fernando Vélez (Pachamama-Curasana), Fernando Rodríguez (La Pacha Permacultura), Héctor Uribe (Aula Ambiental de Belén). Concierto: Cuatro Cabezas, Mesa Redonda, Francisco Sanín, Ana Dzokic, Marc Neelen y David Escobar Arango.


Su Tomesen, Paula Rengifo, Jorge Rodríguez, Daniel Urrea Peña.


Carrito Cultural (Cultural Cart): Miodrag Kuc, María Camila Vélez, Víctor Muñoz, John Mario Ortiz, Yesenia Rodríguez, Daniel Urrea Peña. Colectivo Deúniti, La Capilla Récords, El Squater.


Moravia Video Lab: María Rosa Jijón, Margarita Vázquez Ponte, Rabía Williams, Daniel Urrea Peña, Paula Rengifo, Cielo Holguín Ramírez, Ángela Chaverra, Adelaida Mejía.

2010 - 2011

Proyecto Nodos de Desarrollo Cultural: STEALTH. unlimited (Ana Dzokic y Marc Neelen), María Camila Vélez, Yesenia Rodríguez, líder comunitaria Cielo Holguín Ramírez.


Proyecto Espacios de Memoria Moravia: Armin Mobasseri, líder comunitaria Natalia Ospina.


Proyecto Espacios de Memoria Moravia: Katia Meneghini, Gayle Chong Kwan, Víctor Muñoz.


Workshop en Medellín, Moravia: Yesenia Rodríguez, Lina Fernanda Rodríguez, Daniel Felipe Gil, Catalina Rojas Casallas, Víctor Muñoz, David Escobar, Luis Alfredo Vásquez, Paula Rengifo, Paulina Arango, Gayle Chong Kwan, Charlie Jeffery, María Rosa Jijón, Elena Giacopini y Alba Ferrari (ReMida-Reggio Emilia, Italia) y Thiago Novaes (Dep. CulturaDigital, Min. Cultura de Brasil).

2005 - 2006

XI Salón Regional de Artistas y 40. ° Salón Nacional de Artistas. Natalia Restrepo, Daniel Felipe Gil, Luis Guillermo Palacios, Lina Fernanda Rodríguez, Víctor Muñoz, David Escobar, Catalina Rojas Casallas, Alfredo Luis Vásquez, Yesenia Rodríguez, Mauricio Robledo.


Workshop Water & Works del Studio Orta en el Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Natalia Restrepo, Paulina Arango, Bryan Davies, Gayle Chong Kwan, María Rosa Jijón.


Workshop y exposición en el Centro Colombo Americano de Medellín: Omi Sheiderbauer, Natalia Restrepo, Juan Alberto Gaviria, Eva Morales, Cristina Mirandola, Julián Urrego, Daniel Felipe Gil, Ricardo Bernal, Diana Gómez, Diana Zapata, Liliana Higuita, Víctor Andrés Muñoz, David Barrios, Paola Londoño Restrepo, Paula Mesa y Lina Fernanda Rodríguez.

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