• Artist: Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea
  • Medium: Video Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Waterfront

A non-linear video installation uses experimental animation to tell a story about psychotropic plants, crime and Colombian society.


Artscape Daniels Launchpad

  • Address: 130 Queens Quay E.
    The Commons, 4th floor
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

“Borrachero” is an experimental animation inspired by the current use of psychotropic plants in contemporary Colombia. Hand-drawn and computer-generated elements combine to create a highly stylized world with psychedelic flourishes. This Colombian noir tale tells the story of a woman involved with a criminal gang. The gang uses powerful concoctions made from the borrachero tree to rob unsuspecting victims. After a job goes wrong and she fears for her safety, the woman flees to her hometown in southern Colombia, where the Andes meets the Amazon. As this woman travels, the Colombian landscape transforms into a dream-like environment and she encounters a mysterious figure. This figure might just be, though, the embodied spirit of the borrachero plant.

The Artist

Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea is a Colombian Canadian digital media artist, animator and teacher based in Toronto. He specializes in computer animation, video installation and drawing. His work explores psychedelia, plant biology and Latin American histories. His work has been exhibited across North America. He currently teaches at OCAD University and Brock University.


Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.