Artist and Writer

Claudia Isabel Navas

Claudia Isabel Navas was born in Colombia of a father who was a Historian and a mother who was a Sociologist. Her father's research in European archives led the Navas-Aparicio family to the research field in Europe. In the midst of her family's itinerant and atypical background, Claudia Isabel has built a multicultural and borderless homeland, while being nourished by the ideals of both her parents.

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Thus, she left home at the age of 19 with a scholarship to pursue art training at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. No sooner had she arrived in the United States of America than she was victim of a car accident in which she almost lost her life and which cost her the temporary mobility of her lower limbs. Claudia Isabel began physical rehabilitation to learn again how to walk. Returning to school in Chicago, where she was enrolled in the Painting and Video/Performance Departments, she received honors such as The Leadership Award and 100% Dean's Grant funded studies, among other scholarships. After graduating at the age of 23, she wrote her first documentary project. Inspired by Chicago's Jazz and Blues culture, she wanted to visit the country where she was born, returning to a village with African roots in the Colombian Pacific Basin to study, with Anthropologists, the music and ancestral traditions of these rural and mining communities. In 1998, his project was selected by the City of Chicago and subsequently received funding from the U.S. Endowment for the Humanities, the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Center for Black Music Research, among others.

Claudia Isabel moved to France in 2002. She continued her career and studies in Paris by obtaining a degree in art history at the Ecole du Louvre and in Museology of Science at the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle. In 2007, and together with Andrés Gleixner and Christian McManus, two Franco-Chilean Artists, Claudia Isabel decided to create the Association Liens artistiques / Enlaces Artísticos which goal is to welcome artists and creators from the American continent to France. The Association has been in charge of various cultural, artistic and scientific projects of international large-scale. Among the institutions that have mandated the association Enlaces Artísticos to carry out cultural projects, we can mention UNESCO, La Maison de l’’Amérique latine, the Historical Center of Valmy, the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, el Jardín Botánico de Medellín, Tudor Place in Washington DC, the Hôtel de Ville of Paris, the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France with the help of the académies of Fine Arts and that of Sciences, the Embassies of France, Colombia or Germany when the projects were carried out abroad. (

Today, after 13 years of management and production of transdisciplinary and multifaceted projects, and following the loss of her mother, Claudia Isabel, has created her own brand “Cultura Orquídea” which is an achievement that converges all the professional experiences acquired during his life. Motivated by the various transmissions received within her family during her early childhood and those applied by the Enlaces Artísticos association, Claudia Isabel, today wishes to open a place of welcome in which all these values can emerge by allocating spaces for creators and artists as well as for practitioners of well-being techniques. Today, she is in the process of concluding her doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne on the history of Latin America in the Age of Enlightenment.

Her works have been published by the Library of the Institut de France, Anne Rideau Editions and the Association Enlaces Artisticos.

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Impressions de plantes

by Alexandre de Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland

Collection : Essais et Récits
Publication of date : September 2019

Institut de France, Anne Rideau Editions and Association Enlaces Artisticos

This beautiful work published with the support of the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France as part of the exhibition "The American Travel ofAlexandre de Humboldt (1799-1804) ”Paris September 13, 2019 - December 13, 2019, exceptionally reproduces an new selection of plates extracted from “ Impressions de Plantes ”, a herbarium constituted byAlexandre de Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland during their American epic. The single copy is preserved in the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France.

Preface ofXavier Darcos, Chancellor of the Institut de France. Contribution fromClaudia Isabel Navas, curator of the

17.5 x 24.5 French-style cover with 10 cm flap; 50 four-color pages including 10 reproductions of Impressions de Plantes (unpublished)

ISBN : 978-2-370028-032-9

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L'herbier poétique

Poems of Claudia Isabel Navas and scientific texts of Jean-Marc Drouin, Jean-Paul Duviols, Denis Larpin and Marpha Télépova-Texier

Photographies of Mario Alberto Pedraza, Claudia Isabel Navas
Archives : Musée du Louvre and Cartier
Collection : Essais et Récits
Publication date : January 2018

Anne Rideau Editions and Association Enlaces Artisticos

History, travel and intimacy enliven this Herbier Poétique proposed byClaudia Isabel Navas, prefaced byJean-Marc Drouin, professor of philosophy and the history of science at the National Museum of Natural History, enriched with scientific contributions and a choice of literary quotes (Baudelaire, Poe, Rilke, etc.). This herbarium is illustrated in particular with photographs of orchids from Colombia and a selection of archives from Maison Cartier.
This work is published with the assistance of the association Enlaces Artísticos on the occasion of the installation« Lumières d’orchidées et Colombie, pays d’eau » programmed within the scope of the exhibition “Mille et une Orchidées” and“Orchidées de Colombie, sur les pas de Humboldt et Bonpland“ – Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris December 2017- March 2018.

12 x 18 cm
88 pages in four-color process printing

ISBN : 978-2-370028-030-5

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El herbario poético

 Poems by Claudia Isabel Navas and scientific textsíde Jean-Marc Drouin, Jean-Paul Duviols, Denis Larpin y Marpha Télépova-Texier 

Fotografíasde Mario Alberto Pedraza, Claudia Isabel Navas
Files: Musée du Louvre et Cartier

Association Enlaces Artisticos con el apoyo del Banco Davivienda

«La imaginación no es la fantasía; no es tampoco la sensibilidad,
aunque es difícil encontrar un hombre imaginativo que no fuera
sensible. La imaginación es una facultad casi divina que percibe
en primer lugar, fuera de los métodos filosóficos, las relaciones
íntimas y secretas de las cosas, las correspondencias y las analogías».

Prólogo en Narraciones extraordinarias de Edgar Allan Poe.

History, travel and intimacy animate this book "Herbario poético"
by Claudia Isabel Navas Aparicio, enriched with scientific
contributions, as well as a selection of literary quotations.
The images of Colombian orchids gracefully complete the work.

12 x 17 cm
86 pages with color illustrations

ISBN : 978-958-48-7155-8

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