Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral by Christian García Bello at Fundación DIDAC / Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Christian García Bello / Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral

curated by David Barro
September 19 – November 27, 2020
Fundación DIDAC
Rúa de Pérez Costantini, 12.
15702 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain


Pongo mi pie desnudo en el umbral —translated to English as “I put my barefoot on the threshold”— is a project with three layers: a short story written by the artist, the exhibition device itself, and a collaboration with the artist María Roja through specific performance.

This exhibition is presented as a collection of fragmented and overlapping points of view based on a short story about the travel diaries of Dirse, a woman who made a pilgrimage from Antwerp (Flanders, BE) to A Guarda (Galicia, ES), sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries, and who spent her last days on Mount Santa Trega, looking at the river mouth of the Miño, the natural and watery threshold that separates Galicia from Portugal.

The title —a verse from the Galician poet José Ángel Valente— leads us to think of a story that could be ending or beginning, but a story that goes forward by walking, touching and gazing. A spatial narrative about landscape, spirituality, ritualism, architecture, and vernacular forms.

Photos by Roi Alonso and Christian García Bello