By Eugenia Bertelè

ART LIMA 2018 Director Rochi del Castillo: her perspective on the most established art fair of Peru

Since 2013 Lima joined the Latin American fair calendar with the opening of two parallel events dedicated to contemporary art: Art Lima 2018, promoted by the most important media conglomerate in the country (Grupo El Comercio) and PArC 2018 (Peru Arte Contemporáneo), produced by Diego Costa Peuser, Argentine Director of Arte al Día magazine and of the Pinta Miami and Buenos Aires Photo Fairs. Today we write about the 6th edition of Art Lima 2018, which will take place from 19 to 22 April inside the Escuela Superior de Guerra of the Ejército del Perú.
WILLIAM CORDOVA, Sin título (geometría de la juventud), 80M2 Livia Benavides, courtesy Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

WILLIAM CORDOVA, Sin título (geometría de la juventud), 80M2 Livia Benavides, courtesy Art Lima 2018

With 81 exhibitors, including 53 galleries from 17 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela), 8 curated and commissioned sections, art awards, collectors programs, exhibitions in public institutions and private galleries – without forgetting a gastronomic circuit of excellence – Art Lima 2018 presents itself as the main institutional platform for the development of the art market in Peru, assuming also an educational and social responsibility role. The fair will host in fact several interesting conversations with relevant international panellists as well as an editorial and institutional area.
Raúl Zurita, Verás un Dios de hambre, Aninat Galería, courtesy Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

Raúl Zurita, Verás un Dios de hambre, Aninat Galería, courtesy Art Lima 2018

We asked Rochi del Castillo, Art Lima 2018 Director, to help us better understand how the hughe work carried out by this initiative can really empower the internationalization of the Peruvian art scene.
General View, courtesy Art Lima 2018.pg - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

General View, courtesy Art Lima 2018.pg

LL: Could you recommend to our readers and collectors who follow Look Lateral’s travels around the world, the 10 artists that cannot be missed during Art Lima 2018?

RDC: I suggest exploring the Solo/Dúo section, which reflects the choices of both the selection committee and the curator Gerardo Chávez-Maza. Artists are: William Córdova (80M2, Livia Benavides, Lima); Raúl Zurita (ANINAT GALERÍA, Santiago of Chile); Adriana Arronte (ARTIS 718, Havana, Cuba); Gabriel Rud & Leonardo Solaas (ESPACIO PLA, Buenos Aires); Patrick Tschudi (IMPAKTO, Lima); Christian Carle-Catafago & Martín Pelenur (LA PECERA, Punta del Este); Martina Quesada (REVOLVER, Lima / Buenos Aires); Magdalena Prado (YAEL ROSENBLUT, Santiago of Chile); Macarena Rojas (GECU, Lima / Trujillo); Micaela Aljovín (GECU, Lima / Trujillo).
Rodrigo Arteaga, Trees in Britain Europe and North America, courtesy Galería AFA, Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

Rodrigo Arteaga, Trees in Britain Europe and North America, courtesy Galería AFA, Art Lima 2018

LL: Can you suggest 5 highlight artworks?

RDC: From my point of view I’d strongly recommend seeing the artworks of those artists who never exhibited in our country, such as the Cubans Los Carpinteros and René Francisco Rodríguez or the Brazilian Pablo Lobato. But also Chilean Raúl Zurita and Uruguayan María Freire. Art Lima 2018 manages all artworks with a temporary detention system and this represents a fantastic opportunity for everyone to appreciate works that couldn’t be seen in Peru otherwise.
Panoramic View Art Lima, courtesy Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

Panoramic View Art Lima, courtesy Art Lima 2018

LL: What is the price rank of the works traded at the fair?

RDC: Prices range between USD500 and USD300.000 depending on the artist. Until today, it’s the Peruvian collectors who always made the most important acquisitions, although a large group of collectors – mainly from Latin America – participate every year in our VIP program. We have around 80 officially registered presences for this edition.
Rochi del Castillo, Art Lima 2018 Director, courtesy Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

Rochi del Castillo, Art Lima 2018 Director, courtesy Art Lima 2018

LL: Could you tell us more about Art Lima 2018 awards? That is, how artists and professional every year are awarded with the Reconocimientos a la Trayectoria (Recognition of the trajectory) and what is the impact of this initiative?

RDC: The awards are organized to celebrate the transcendence, constancy and dedication these artists have shown throughout their research. Essentially, to pay a tribute to their contribution to the international art scene. It’s a sign of great esteem and gratitude for their generous approach to Peru through Art Lima 2018. This year we decided to award the poet and visual artist Raúl Zurita (Chile, 1950) and Teresa Burga (Peru, 1935) – an iconic artist and exponent of conceptual and experimental art. In the professional category, instead, we chose the Cuban collector and founder of the Fundación CIFO, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.
Adriana Arronte , Transformación de la materia, Artis 718, courtesy ART LIMA 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

Adriana Arronte, Transformación de la materia, Artis 718, courtesy ART LIMA 2018

LL: How has the contemporary art scene changed in Peru if compared to 2013, when the fair was at its first opening? Today even foreign collectors consider it as a patronage platform: to mention some, Chileans Gabriel Carvajal and Ramón Sauma, who decided to support young talents with a Peruvian version of the Premio Ca.Sa.

RDC: The scenario has certainly changed. It’s amazing how networking and collecting programs have developed, heping us establish interesting relationships. I feel we are all more connected and we can now count on a more defined identity. There’s still lot of work that needs to be done to obtain a legal framework helping us promote cultural industries and contemporary art initiatives at local and international level in an orderly, organized way.
TERESA BURGA, Sin título, courtesy Art Lima 2018 - Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo

TERESA BURGA, Sin título, courtesy Art Lima 2018

Don’t forget to add Art Lima 2018 to your calendar! A Look Lateral contributor will be guiding you, in vivo, through the highlights of the Lima Art Week. For more information: feriadeartedelima.com