Juan Pablo Plazas: Even if You
Juan Pablo Plazas, Tania Nasielski
Posture Editions, 2021
‘Even if You’ is a book in which all the lines set out by the artist in recent years come together as if they were a crossroads: language, movement, image, sound, humour and melancholy are the instruments with which the Colombian-Belgian artist is working.
‘When I think of the art I create and the discourse that surrounds my art, this image comes to mind: a ship adrift between icebergs. The icebergs being the found things, stories, encounters, situations that surface in an unpredictable way. The fact that I’m able to see only the tip of the iceberg, that maybe there are other parts of things that I can’t understand or even put into words. It makes me think of the sublime being portrayed on the top of the mountain, without being able to what’s underneath. Only in this case, the mountain is submerged in water and constantly on the move. What we can’t see in the case of trees, is that they are all connected through a net of roots.’ Fragment of By Any Other Name, a conversation between Tania Nasielski and Juan Pablo Plazas