By Allison Valladolid

The 2018 edition of ArtLima has just been inaugurated. The Fair features the participation of 53 galleries from 17 different countries

ArtLima offers a wide array of artistic proposals: young art galleries participating in the Fair for the first time, booths with interactive art, editorial platforms, and the return of galleries that weren’t present for the previous edition.
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, William Córdova, Fátima Rodrigo, Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, William Córdova, Fátima Rodrigo, Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

The Peruvian gallery 80m2 Livia Benavides (which was absent from the Fair’s 2017 edition) is present this time around, exhibiting artwork in multiple formats and mediums. From foam and marble sculptures by Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, to a large format painting by Sandra Gamarra, as well as Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s ceramic and copper sculptures, José Vera Matos’ transcriptions, handwritten in ink, and others. The gallery also has a second booth that showcases collages by William Córdova.
William Cordova, Solo Project, 80m2 Livia Benavides, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

William Cordova, Solo Project, 80m2 Livia Benavides, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

Another must-see is the whimsical stand offered by Seres, a cultural platform dedicated to disseminating the work of young artists. The stand’s proposal is an anti-Fair of sorts: under the concept of a carnival fair, the spectator is invited to interact with the pieces proposed by Adriana Bickel, Tomás Orrego, Alessandra Plaza, and Genietta Varsi. The artists, each in his or her own way, speak through their pieces about how the human body is manipulated and modified. The booth also has a pushcart where pieces can be acquired for prices ranging from 10 to 250 dollars. The pushcart wanders throughout the entire fair, offering art to suit every budget. Seres is also offering free tarot readings to the artists who wish to find out what destiny has in store for them in the art world.
Seres booth, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Seres booth, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

Likewise, another noteworthy section is Projects, curated by Oscar Roldán-Alzate (Colombia). Augusto Ballardo, an artist from the gallery Impacto, has a Solo exhibition, where he is showing pieces that pay homage to the migrations that take place in Peru, from the country’s Amazon region towards the coast. A piece that draws plenty of attention is a helicopter tail, lent by the Peruvian armed forces, which the artist has intervened. Here, Ballardo has rescued the helicopter’s original paint and redecorated it with a design inspired in a guacamayo’s feathers. This is the Peruvian artist’s third consecutive participation in ArtLima; on this occasion, he has managed to sell three pieces just hours after the Fair was inaugurated.
Augusto Ballardo, galería Impakto, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Augusto Ballardo, galería Impakto, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

Frances Munar, an artist represented by the gallery Tokio (which is participating in ArtLima for the first time), is exhibiting a series of x-ray images of pre-Hispanic whistling bottles that she made into prints. The artist resorted to x-ray images in order to reflect her interest in registering what goes on underneath an object’s skin.
Frances Munar, Solo Project ,Tokio Galería, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Frances Munar, Solo Project ,Tokio Galería, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

Klaus Steinmetz Contemporary, a gallery from Costa Rica, shows its commitment to Peruvian art by presenting the work of José Luis Carranza, amongst others. The gallery owner reveals that he has been participating in ArtLima since its very first edition, and that is was during his second year at the Fair that he had the opportunity of getting to know Carranza’s work. Since then, the gallery has shown the artist’s work in Medellín, Bogotá, Costa Rica, and very soon, in Miami.
Jose Luis Carranza, Klaus Steinmetz Contemporary, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Jose Luis Carranza, Klaus Steinmetz Contemporary, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

Another innovative proposal is that of Peru’s Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, which has an institutional booth at the fair where it exhibits pieces by students who have received distinctions in the categories of investigative artist and interdisciplinary artist over the past three years. This is the first time that the art school is participating in a fair, motivated by the celebration of its 100-year anniversary. Meier Ramirez, an editorial platform, is present in the section called Área, which exhibits large-scale pieces, placing them in public spaces within the Fair’s premises. The editorial platform has been playing with the idea of creating objects that have an editorial aspect to them, without necessarily being books. Under this concept, they are presenting a piece by Rodrigo Vergara, which selects phrases by certain poets and philosophers. It also offers a small stand where its most recent publications are available for the general public.
Rodrigo Vergara, Meier Ramirez, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid - ArtLima 2018 Begins

Rodrigo Vergara, Meier Ramirez, Art Lima 2018, courtesy Allison Valladolid

It’s worth mentioning that Peru’s participation as guest country at ARCOmadrid 2019 was announced during the Fair’s inauguration. ARCOmadrid is one of the world’s most important contemporary art fairs. More information at: Art Lima 2018