Juan Obando was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and currently lives and works between Colombia and the United States. His work focuses on the critical intervention of social circuits through the orchestration of temporary situations. These experiments are often directed towards the production of video perfomances, installations and experimental publications ― using social phenomena as raw material and humor as a catalyst in highlighting systemic ironies and contradictions.
Jeep VIP is an installation derived from a site-specific project produced as part of MDE15 (An international quadrennial hosted by Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia). In this piece, a group of local military jeep civilian hobbyists driving their own makeshift replica vehicles performed as the official tour service for the event, transporting guests around the MDE15 venues. Jeep VIP explores the extent to which local culture has assimilated armed conflict, to the point of which icons of military presence have become adult playthings. The piece also aims to question the role of art and culture within the current official discourse of “postconflict” in Colombia while experimenting with intense situations of exclusivity and participation in institutional art circuits.