BOMB 110, Winter 2010

The cover of BOMB 110

COLOMBIA and VENEZUELA: Antonio Caro, Evelio Rosero, Ana Teresa Torres, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Javier Téllez, Mario Galeano Toro, Antonio Ungar, Antonieta Sosa, Esperanza Mayobre . . .

Evelio Rosero

by Antonio Ungar

En Español El autor colombiano de Los ejércitos asevera que “esa locura, ese filo de la navaja donde transcurre la realidad y la irrealidad, están aquí, respiran a cada vuelta de esquina, y son los que impulsan mi escritura.”

Javier Téllez

by Pedro Reyes

En Español El artista venezolano radicado en Nueva York colabora con pacientes mentales “para curar a los cuerdos de su lucidez”.

Mario Galeano Toro

by Marc Nasdor

The Colombian-born cumbia has become a blank canvas for a new international genre. Musicologist and leader of the band Frente Cumbiero, Mario Galeano Toro, explains cumbia’s sonic boom. LISTEN to one of his mixes.

Lugar a Dudas

by José Tomás Giraldo

Roughly translated as “a place to doubt,” Lugar a Dudas serves as an artist’s space and cultural center in Cali, Colombia. This article is only available in print. However, you may purchase a pdf of the issue in which this article appears, here.

Dulce Gómez

by Rafael Castillo Zapata

Dulce Gómez makes assemblages and installations that synthesize calculation and chance. Castillo Zapata queries the artist on systems, psychoanalysis, and Benjamin’s essay on Baudelaire.

Javier Téllez

by Pedro Reyes

Téllez casts and collaborates with the mentally disabled to “cure the sane of their lucidity.” Reyes and Téllez muse over the philosophical underpinnings of theater and film—from Aristotle to Godard.


by Gabriela Rangel

The collective Nascimento/Lovera radically edits popular films for public consumption as a statement about the globalization of the narrative structure.

Ana Teresa Torres

by Carmen Boullosa

Torres, one of Venezuela’s most respected authors and essayists, began her professional life as a psychoanalyst. With fellow novelist Boullosa, she discusses the roles of memory and listening, tools of both trades, in her writing.

Sergio Fajardo y Giancarlo Mazzanti

En Español El cerebro detrás de la transformación urbana de Medellín es matemático, profesor, ex-alcalde, y, actualmente, candidato a la presidencia de Colombia. Con Mazzanti, arquitecto, esboza la metodología de la esperanza.

Antonio Caro

by Víctor Manuel Rodríguez

Caro believes his most important work to be Homage to Manuel Quintín Lame, a performance in which he retrieves the indigenous hero from oblivion. Caro and Rodríguez delve into Warhol, astronomy, and national politicking to find out why.

Carlos Cruz-Diez

by Estrellita B. Brodsky

Artist Cruz-Diez has lived in Caracas, Barcelona, and Paris. His interview is excerpted from Brodsky’s extensive oral histories with the seminal experimenter whose work developed a participatory phenomenology of color.

Evelio Rosero

by Antonio Ungar

Evelio Rosero, the Colombian author of The Armies, says of his art: “This madness, this knife’s edge where reality and unreality take place, are here; they breathe around every street corner, and they are what propel my writing.”

Popular Prints

by Alvaro Barrios

The intention of the Popular Prints created by Colombian artist Alvaro Barrios is to reach—through an artistic act—the largest number of people possible. Readers could print this one out, mail it to us, and BOMB would send it back signed and numbered by the artist.

Ana Teresa Torres

by Carmen Boullosa

En Español La distinguida autora venezolana se formó profesionalmente como psicoanalista. Con la novelista Carmen Boullosa, habla sobre las herramientas principales tanto del psicoanálisis como del quehacer narrativo: la memoria y el saber escuchar.

This First Proof contains an excerpt from Carama by Igor Barreto, translated by Brandon Holmquest.

Read FEAR, a work of flash fiction by Colombian writer Evelio Rosero. Read Evelio Rosero’s interview with Antionio Ungar, here.

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

by Silvana Paternostro

The novelist’s latest, The Informers, tells untold tales. One is the story of Colombia’s German and Jewish émigrés on the eve of and aftermath of World War II. Paternostro and Vásquez hash out this and other dark chapters in Colombia’s history.

BOMB 110
Winter 2010
The cover of BOMB 110