Natalia Escobar is a Colombian interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker with a degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College in London. Her work encompasses moving images, music, and installations. Escobar’s pieces address themes of intersectional feminism, Andean phenomenology, identity, and memory. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Colombia, England, Germany, Sweden and Austria.
Escobar channels her musical output through a range of alter egos: Poison Arrow, based on Colombian cultural tropes through a cross-border aesthetic, and Pierce with Arrow, a new multisensorial project in collaboration with Troy Pierce at the intersection of music, scent, and moving image.
Her first EP, If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Cut Your Face), came out under her Poison Arrow moniker in 2018 on dBridge’s Pleasure District Label. In 2020, Pierce with Arrow, released their first single For Electra, with a scent closely tracing the feelings and instrumentation of the song developed by Folie A Pluiseurs. In March 2021 they released their first LP Shatter on Dais Records accompanied by an incense paper developed by the Japanese incense house Hako and Folie A Plusieurs.
Escobar’s latest endeavour Aribada, her first short film as director and producer, co-directed with Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, had its Colombian premiere at the Cartagena International Film Festival FICCI, Latin America’s most prestigious film festival. Following this, the film recently had its German Premiere at the 68th annual Oberhausen Short Film Festival, the world’s oldest short film festival, where the directors won the Emerging Talent Prize. In May, Aribada had its international premiere as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival 2022, where it was nominated to the Queer Palm. In July had its North American premiere at the XXV Guanajuato International Film Festival, where Aribada received a Special Jury Mention in the category of Experimental Short Film. Aribada will be presented in the Currents section of the 60th New York Film Festival, and the 66th BFI London Film Festival as part of the Experimenta programme, both festivals are scheduled for October 2022.
source: artist’s website