No One Knows the Thirst of Another is an installation consisting of a large mirror, resting at floor level, to which a series of drinking glasses cut in half lengthwise are affixed. After having spent time at an artist residency in the very hot city of Honda, Nicolás Consuegra was left thinking on how difficult it was to understand the needs of the people who live in a village one barely knows. The title refers to the impossibility, as an outsider, to access inside knowledge; in other words, a situation that leaves you thirsty.
Thirst is a metaphor for curiosity and desire, a curiosity that the mirror partly suffices by returning to us the image we project to others, or rather, the image with which we are perceived. In the mirror reflection the glasses appear to be whole, complete, making manifest the logic of identification. Nicolás’ installation presents us with the paradox of reflection: it yields data, but does not allow us to establish a real and lasting relationship or link.
About the artist
Nicolás is interested in developing projects that are sensitive to time, place and audience. In addition to his personal practice, Nicolás is co-founder and member of the editorial board of Revista Asterisco – an artist run visual arts magazine from Colombia.
Nicolás holds a BFA from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (2002) and a MFA from Pratt Institute, New York (2007). Nicolás has been invited to show his work in Colombia’s most interesting venues and events such as the Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango (Bogotá); Alliance Francaise (Bogotá); 41, 42 and 43 Salón Nacional de Artistas (Colombia), among others. Internationally, Nicolás has exhibited his work in venues such as Itaú Cultural (Sao Paulo), CCA Wattis Institute (San Francisco), MOCAD (Detroit); Bard Graduate Center (New York); Santral (Istanbul) and events such as XI Bienal de Monterrey-FEMSA among others.