My Highlights from Zona MACO 2014
Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s work is a confluence of natural elements, ornamentation, and ancient belief. Her 2016 piece, Distillations VI references the legend of Illapa, the Incan god of thunder and lightning, who was said to keep the Milky Way in a clay jug. The copper piping running between the vessels represents the circuitous currents of energy produced by his lightning bolts, and also the tension between the past and present. She has been exhibited at Art Basel Switzerland, Frieze London, and the Mario Testino Museum in Peru.
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Through her compelling sculptures and installations, Ximena Garrido-Lecca examines the fraught history of Peru, shaped largely by the uneasy entanglement of indigenous and colonial cultures. She often recreates quintessentially Peruvian sites, like a decorative fountain or shrines to the dead, presenting them as visual manifestations of her country’s history. For example, in her “Walls of Progress” series (2009-) she makes miniature replicas of mud walls on which political propaganda and commercial advertisements are painted, highlighting the striking mix of indigenous architectural traditions and Western messaging strategies.
Peruvian, b. 1980, Lima, Peru, based in London, United Kingdom