Interview with Karen Lamassonne on Pura Sangre (1982)

In an interview with Krist Gruijthuijsen, Karen Lamsassonne will talk about her role in the making of the film Pura Sangre (1982), for which she was art director, assistant editor and made the storyboard.

Sunday, October 30
2:30 p. m. - 2:55 p. m. 
Corferias (Avenida La Esperanza with Carrera 39)
Free admission


Krist Gruijthuijsen (Germany)



Curator and art critic, Krist Gruijthuijsen has been the director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art since July 1, 2016. He has curated exhibitions by Hanne Lippard, Ian Wilson, Adam Pendleton, Ronald Jones, Hiwa K, Willem de Rooij, Beatriz González, David Wojnarowicz, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Hassan Sharif, Leonilson, and Peter Friedl, among others, and has edited numerous publications. Krist Gruijthuijsen is internationally well-connected and has many years of experience as curator and director of leading international institutions for contemporary art.

Gruijthuijsen was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein from 2012 until 2016 and held the position of course director of the MA Fine Arts Department at the Sandberg Instituut, in Amsterdam, from 2011 until 2016. He is one of the co-founding directors of the Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized many exhibitions and projects over the past 15 years, including Stedelijk Museum, Van Abbemuseum, Arnolfini, Project Arts Centre, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Modern Art, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, with MoMA PS1, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Sharjah Art Foundation, Malmö Konsthall, and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves.

Karen Lamassonne (USA)



Karen Lamassonne is a painter and video artist, born in New York and raised in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment. Lamassonne has lived and worked in the United States, Colombia, France, Germany and Italy. Her work is always autoreferential; a response to her environment and emotions in which eroticism is a silent participant. She began her artistic activities in Bogotá in 1974, where she forged relationships with local artists and galleries which stimulated her production. During the 1980´s she lived in Cali, a defining period for her career, where she bonded with the dynamic group of artists and filmmakers known as “The Grupo de Cali”. During this period she combined her cinematographic experience to create works in photography and video. At the same time, she complemented her painting with Art Direction, Costume Design, Editing and Acting in different national and international productions.

Her experience and drive has led to a multifaceted creative output across the disciplines of fine arts, design, film, theater and music. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. Lamassonne has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali (1989 and 2017); Museo Rayo, Roldanillo (2019); Facultad de Artes ASAB, Bogotá (2019); and Swiss Institute (2022). Recent group shows include Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-85 at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum, New York and Pinacoteca, São Paulo; The Art of Disobedience at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá (2018); and Voces Intimas, Museo Nacional, Bogotá.

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