Latin American Contemporary Art
'Back to normal'

A digital curation by O-LA

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As regulations to stop the spread of COVID-19 relax and production resumes around the world, we dwell on the many ways in which the systems we are returning to are problematic. The following selection of artists and art pieces mean to showcase the weight, the abuse and the exploitation of the modern means of production to which we are speedily heading back to.


Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Plant (composition I), 2018

Garrido-Lecca was born in Lima, Peru in 1980. She currently lives and works in London. The artist pays particular attention to materials and shapes - such as brass or copper elbows or pipes - that seem to refer to extractive practices and exploitation modalities characteristic of modernisation processes. Her work operates precisely in the tension between memory and the preservation of ancestral practices, and the violence inherent in accelerated development projects that affect the natural environment and ways of life in community.


Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Out to Lunch (close for the day), 2008
Steel chain to its maximum working capacity.

Almanza Pereda was born in 1977 in Mexico City. He currently lives and works between the United States and Mexico. The artist grew interest in how different cultures perceive danger and risk. His work explores the culturally specific paradigms of safety, danger and architecture through the juxtaposition and pairing of materials and objects. These juxtapositions achieve a sense of tension from makeshift environments with specific connotations, such as fragility, value, weight and power.


Jorge Satorre
Legazpi Ibaeta, 2019
Forged steel rebar, laurel branches.

Jorge Satorre was born in 1979 in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works. Through manual processes and experimentation with different materials, the artists' work has been developed as a series of responses to traces that have been excluded from hegemonic versions of history in various contexts to which the artist relates, thus vindicating apparently non-representative opinions as revealing of a subaltern truth.


Berenice Olmedo
Olga, 2018

Berenice Olmedo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1987. She currently lives and works in Mexico. Recent work from the artist, generates its critique through the concept of prosthesis. For Olmedo, this is discerned through what Peter Sloterdijk poses as a possibility: “whether all political culture does not in fact begin with the distinction between chains and crutches.” In Olga (2018), failed attempts for verticality through the use of prosthesis alludes to the disfunction of our systems.


All image credits belong to the artists. For more information on this artworks and exhibitions please refer to:
Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Jorge Satorre
Berenice Olmedo