In his cinematic and sculptural works David Reiber Otálora (1992) addresses the many afterlives of colonialism, particularly as they inform the representation, imaginary and ongoing destruction of the tropics. Through atmospherically dense and speculative works, Reiber Otálora resists the epistemic violence of a world reduced to the real. →portfolio

He is currently based in Berlin and Bogotá. Most recently, he showed at Unselfing, Dortmunder Kunstverein (2024), NOTHING TO SEE, Kunsttempel Kassel (2023) and Die Vielhunderjährigen by Caroline Creutzburg and René Huari Mateus, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt (2022). Other exhibitions and projects include: Foreigners Know, Klosterruine Berlin (2021), Taking my Thoughts for a Walk, Urbane Künste Ruhr (2020), Intimate Matter, Bärenzwinger Berlin (2019) and Hi Ventilation, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2019), as well his solo exhibition Tropical Frenzy, Kunstverein Gießen (2019).

Publications and reviews include, i.a. Pfeil Magazin - #5 Natur, Montez Press (2021), Breadcrumb Onomatopee Projects (2021), Arts of the Working Class (review, 2021).

Some of his friends and colleages are Jens Franke, Yuki Jungesblut, Nick Koppenhagen, Guy Königstein, Philomena Lauprecht, Shira Lewis, Yi Li, Magdalena Los, Julia Lübbecke, Anna M. Szaflarski, Salka Tiziana, Christopher Weickenmeier.