By Eugenia Bertelè

PArC 2018 Project Director Arístides Gonzáles-Vigil: his vision of the international fair project in the Peruvian capital

Look Lateral’s travel in Peru goes on with the 6th edition of PArC 2018 (Peru Arte contemporáneo), produced by the Argentinian Diego Costa Peuser, director of Arte al Día magazine and of Fiere Pinta Miami and Buenos Aires Photo as well as organizer of the Gallery Weekend Buenos Aires.
Alvaro Simons, Galería Tokio, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Alvaro Simons, Galería Tokio, courtesy PArC 2018

The fair will run from 19th to 22nd April, inside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barranco, Lima.
Aristides Gonzales-Vigil, Project Director, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Aristides Gonzales-Vigil, Project Director, courtesy PArC 2018

This year’s edition hosts 27 galleries from 10 countries. New sections have been added to the MAIN one, like: Next, a selection of avant-garde projects by the Peruvian Florencia Portocarrero; Patio de Esculturas, site-specific and large-scale artworks for the outdoors and the museum garden by Max Hernández Calvo; Solo Project by the Ecuadorian Manuela Moscoso, challenging four Latin American artists to launch a dialogue on contemporaneity, “The future is the present”; Proyecto Tijuana, an international fair for independent publishing houses and author books established in San Pablo in 2009.
Tijuana Lima 2017, courtesy P.AR.C. 2017 - P.AR.C. Lima

Tijuana Lima 2017, courtesy PArC 2017

PArC 2018 distinguishes itself for the quality of the conversation program managed by Miguel López – Peruvian writer, researcher and curator – with a focus on the relationship between the Caribbean area and Latin America and the influence of public institutions and museums in local culture. Many expert will take part in the conversation with interesting talks, such as Tobías Ostrander, curator of Pérez Art Museum in Miami (PAMM), Gabriela Rangel, art director and chief curator of the American Society and Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of the CIFO Foundation.
Revolver, Lima, courtesy P.AR.C. 2017 - P.AR.C. Lima

Revolver, Lima, courtesy PArC 2017

We interviewed Arístides Gonzáles-Vigil, PArC 2018’s young project director, about the Peruvian collecting art scene and how this platform really helps spreading Latin American art all over the world. And not only…
Zipper galería, Sao Paulo, courtesy P.AR.C. 2017 - P.AR.C. Lima

Zipper galería, Sao Paulo, courtesy PArC 2017

LL: Who are the artists you would recommend in this PArC’s edition?

AGV: Undoubtedly “Next”, the section dedicated to young artists. Florencia Portocarrero curated it. She’s a very competent investigator and managed to join 6 projects blending experimentation, innovation and research. I can easily say that this section is like a window on the current status of Latin America. The artworks by Santiago Gasquet, Jimena Chávez, Leonel Castañeda, Leonardo Nieves, in example, are direct reflection of present times. Furthermore, a P.AR.C.’s classic is the Solo Project displaying artworks by Ignacio Gatica, Marcelo Pacheco, Andrés Pereira Paz and Mariela Scafati. Finally, the Main section with established galleries doubling PArC’s gamble in Peru. Here, you can stare at the artworks of Cristina Piffer of ROLF ART (Buenos Aires), Alejandro Botubol at Spanish Ponce+ Robles, Miguel Aguirre at Peruvian Del Paeso and Rossangela Renno at Vermelho Gallery (San Paolo).
Luisi Llosa, de la serie Fragilidades, 2015, Galería BETA, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Luisi Llosa, de la serie Fragilidades, 2015, Galería BETA, courtesy PArC 2018

LL: Tell us three masterpieces we can’t absolutely miss.

AGV: I suggest you great Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz at Spanish gallery Espacio Minimo, Luisi Llosa cracked concrete artworks at Colombian gallery BETA. And Dolores Casares, represented by Argentinian gallery Quadro. Classic Argentinian art will be exhibited together with Rogelio Polesello’s meaningful artworks at Del Infinito. At last, I’d like to signal the huge Henrique Faria’s booth with artworks of the Peruvian artists Rafael Hastings, Coco Bedoya, Regina Aprijaskis, and others.
Leonor Castañeda, detail, Espacio El Dorado, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Leonor Castañeda, detail, Espacio El Dorado, courtesy PArC 2018

LL: What’s the price range of the artworks? And what’s PArC’s outlook in terms of local and foreign collectors?

AGV: Lima still has a conservative attitude towards the local collectors’ investment in contemporary artworks. But year after year, this prudence has been lowering. The audience is more and more aware – not only established collectors, but also “new beginners”. PArC offers a far-reaching free educational program coordinated by Miguel López, representing an accessible formula for everyone to get connected with art. Price ranks start from 500USD.
Leonor Castañeda, Espacio El Dorado, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Leonor Castañeda, Espacio El Dorado, courtesy PArC 2018

LL: How many collectors are taking part in the VIP program and where do they come from?

AGV: Our VIP staff works in all countries we organize fairs, constantly cooperating with the continental collectors. This year we expect about a hundred European, American and Latin American guests.

LL: Could you please mention the most considerable projects that will inaugurate the Patio de Esculturas section by Max Hernández Calvo?

AGV: I’m honoured to work with Max because he’s a very patient person and he’s able to translate his intellect in his projects. For the Patio de Esculturas we count on Raura Oblitas’ artwork, represented by Galería Tokio, on Diego Lama’s artwork (Del Paseo gallery), on Andrea Ferrero’s great installation (Ginsberg gallery) and on a project they commissioned to American gallery Kirsten Mosher especially for the fair.

LL: How is PArC – Perú Arte Contemporáneo – positively affecting the country developmente? What’s the fair’s most significant outcome, if compared to 2013’s first opening?
Horacio Zabala, Galería Henrique Faria, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Horacio Zabala, Galería Henrique Faria, courtesy PArC 2018

AGV: I’m so proud of this project dating back to even before my direction. Diego Costa Peuser has been working for almost 40 years at the creation of platforms focused on the internationalization of Latin American art worldwide. PArC’s aim is to launch a platform linking public and private sector to help both Peruvian artists and gallerists to position themselves strategically. Several institutions are supporting us (Prom Perù, the Ministry of Culture and big private supporters like Empresas Paraíso, Jet Blue, Roche Bobois Paris, DHL, Chandon, and many others.) Furthermore, during this edition the Next-Paraíso Award will occurr, as well as the Pinta Miami Award and the editorial award for the Tijuana project. There’s a lot to do, but we are upbeat about the outcomes.
Ignacio Gatica, Galería Die Ecke, courtesy P.AR.C. 2018 - P.AR.C. Lima

Ignacio Gatica, Galería Die Ecke, courtesy PArC 2018

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