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ArtLima 2018 Begins

ArtLima 2018 Begins

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
Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

By Allison Valladolid

Lima’s gastronomy has become renowned all over the world. This is to a large part thanks to the wide offer of natural products and resources that come from the country’s three regions, a source of inspiration for each one of the restaurants that make up this list


Central

Central was ranked fifth in last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, while its chef, Virgilio Martínez, was considered the best chef in the world by the Chef Choice Award 2017. Martínez is also at the head of Mater Iniciativa, a group that investigates, recovers and disseminates Peruvian products in its Lima-based cuisine, working in alliance with local producers.
Central, courtest Restaurant Central - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Central, courtest Restaurant Central

The dishes at Central are considered to be a journey through Peru’s ecosystems, and a fundamental part of the chef’s creative process is travelling throughout the entire country searching for varieties of tubers, maize or grains that he then includes in his menu. The result: dishes with a strong sense of identity. Santa Isabel 376, Miraflores, Lima www.centralrestaurante.com.pe


Astrid & Gastón

The renowned chef and icon of Peruvian cuisine Gastón Acurio and his wife Astrid Gutsche founded the restaurant in 1994. Currently, the restaurant is located in Casa Moreyra, a 300-year-old house in Lima’s San Isidro neighborhood. At Astrid y Gastón, there is a clear objective of promoting Peruvian gastronomy in the world and rediscovering traditional product and recipes.
Bar de la casa, courtesy Astrid y Gastón - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Bar de la casa, courtesy Astrid y Gastón

Its classis thematic tasting menu always narrates a story, and is changed twice a year. The current menu pays homage to Lima, its people, and its gastronomic history. Av. Paz Soldán 290, San Isidro, Lima www.astridygaston.com


Maido

In Japan, there are multiple ways of saying Welcome, and one of these is Maido. This restaurant, dedicated to promoting and disseminating Nikkei food –a combination of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines— was chosen as the best restaurant in the2017 Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking.
Gindara, courtesy Maido - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Gindara, courtesy Maido

Maido works together with producers, institutions and NGOs in order to get the best products, such as native potatoes, fruits from the Amazon, and the best seafood. Combining all of these Peruvian culinary influences with Japanese tradition leads to obtaining a genuine Nikkei experience. In addition to this, the restaurant has a bar with a wide offer of wines and international spirits. Calle San Martín 399, Miraflores, Lima www.maido.pe


ámaZ

Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is the creative head behind ámaZ, which came about with the objective of bringing the gastronomy, culture, and products from the Peruvian Amazon to the rest of the world, adding its own contemporary approach.
ámaZ, gastronomy, courtesy ámaZ - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

ámaZ, gastronomy, courtesy ámaZ

ámaZ is one of Lima’s most renowned gastronomic spaces, thanks to the elaboration of delicious dishes made with food from the jungle yet based on modern techniques that appeal to the preservation and sustainability of the Peruvian Amazon. Under this concept, this restaurant presents an exotic menu in which each product keeps its nutritional qualities, as well as its freshness. Av. La Paz 1079, Miraflores, Lima www.amaz.com.pe


Tragaluz

Tragaluz combines art, gastronomy, and cocktails. It is a gallery, without being a gallery, and even has a curator on its staff. The restaurant seeks to transmit an artistic influence through its cuisine.
Tragaluz, courtesy Tagaluz - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Tragaluz, courtesy Tagaluz

What’s special about this restaurant is that art exhibitions are mounted on its premises, rotating every three months. The artwork is also for sale. Past editions have featured the participation of artists such as Mateo Liébana, Santiago Roose, David Zink-Yi, Marco Pando, Nancy La Rosa, and José Carlos Martinat, amongst others.
Tragaluz gastronomy, courtesy Tragaluz - Experience the pleasures of Lima’s gastronomy

Tragaluz gastronomy, courtesy Tragaluz

With an innovative gastronomic proposal designed by chef Jean Paul Barbier, the menu offers a wide array of international dishes, featuring Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian flavors. In addition to this, sophisticated cocktails and aperitifs can be sampled in its elegant terrace. Los Carolinos 118, Miraflores, Lima www.belmond.com/es/miraflores-park-lima/restaurants_lima
The Best of Lima’s Art Week

The Best of Lima’s Art Week

By Allison Valladolid

Just a few days before Lima’s week of art fairs kicks off, we recommend the exhibitions you can’t miss in the Peruvian capital

Media cajetilla de cigarrillos y una de fósforos by Miguel Aguirre at Museo Central (MUCEN)The Museo Central (MUCEN) presents Media cajetilla de cigarrillos y una de fósforos by Miguel Aguirre, winner of the 2016 edition of the National Painting Contest organized each year by Peru’s Banco Central de Reserva, considered to be one of the local scene’s most important and most prestigious contests for this discipline. This is MUCEN’s first individual contemporary art exhibition, a result of its objective of bringing this artistic current closer to the general public.
In this exhibition, we can appreciate how the artwork reflects a part of Peru’s economic history during the 80s, which had a dramatic impact both on the artist as well as on Peruvians in general. His works, of diverse formats and mediums, are the result of the use of diverse textual, graphic, and sound archives. Loaded with plenty of historical content, the piece opens a window through which younger generations and the general public may glimpse into this part of Peru’s history.


Dos cielos azules by Cecilia Jurado at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) in San Miguel – Through paintings, drawing, and ceramics, Cecilia Jurado speaks to us about the experience of migrating: about how we cease to feel the place that we inhabit as our own, and how our body demands that we search for other spaces where we can feel whole again.
Dos cielos azules narrates the story of millions of Peruvians who migrate from the countryside to the city every day, leaving behind their routines, their traditions, the landscapes that accompany them, their customs and their identities. The exhibition, in the artist’s poetic language, transits from one place to the other, evincing that sometimes, the change that we are forced to confront isn’t always the way we imagine it to be, and that the only option we have left is to survive.


Profecía es memoria by José Vera Matos and Imago Mundi by Adriana Bustos at 80m2 Livia Benavides – Everything revolves around a question: Where does mythology end, and where does history begin? In Profecía es Memoria, José Vera Matos presents mankind’s necessity for understanding the origins of history, of societies, and of the world that surrounds them.
The exhibition consists of drawings, a video piece, and two sculptures. For this exhibition, the Peruvian artist, who is known for using writing and his practice of transcribing books at a path for arriving at drawing, has drawn his inspiration from the text La conquista de América, by philosopher Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017). On the other hand, Imago Mundi, Argentinean artist Adriana Bustos’ first individual exhibition in Lima, borrows its title from a set of twelve cosmographic treatises by geographer and theologian Pierre d’Ailly that oriented Columbus on his discovery voyage. The four canvases that make up this exhibition aim to create a fictional cartography based on experience, archive information, data from multiple sources, and both found and created images, thus allowing the artist to propose new associations and interpretations of the world.


Horror Vacui by David Zink Yi at Proyecto AMIL – Proyecto AMIL, a non-commercial platform for contemporary art, presents an individual exhibition by David Zink Yi, a Berlin-based Peruvian artist. The piece consists of a video installation with the same title, whose construction and architectonic intervention have taken up all of the space’s two main rooms. With a duration of two hours and seventeen minutes playing on two channels, Horror Vacui documents the rehearsals of De adentro y afuera, a Latin band that the artist himself co-founded in Cuba, combining these with images of religious rituals deeply rooted in Cuban culture. The piece, with its intensely performative force, allows the spectator to become an agent of reconciliation, unifying the fragments and intervals that produce an abstract image with neither space or time, while at the same time submerging them in the emotions stirred up by the music.
Zink Yi edited Horror Vacui during a residence at the Accademia Tedesca di Roma. The piece was first presented at Kunsthalle St. Gallen (San Galo, Switzerland, 2009), and then made its way through important contemporary art institutions, such as: Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis, EE.USA, 2011), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein- n.b.k (Berlin, Germany, 2012), ArtUnlimited (Basilea, Switzerland, 2013) and Prospect3 (Nueva Orleans, USA, 2014).


Museo by Juan Enrique Bedoya at the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) – A museum inside a museum. Museo brings together two sets of images that register diverse exhibition spaces. It is therefore a set of 179 images captured by Bedoya of exhibition spaces in Peru, USA, and Europe, between the beginning of the 90s and the year 2018. The exhibition also includes objects, such as some of the embalmed animals the artist was so passionate about, and old photographic cameras. Three tables of books are also part of the exhibition, where one can find titles such as The Origins of Museums, edited by Oliver Impey, or the memories of Joseph Duveen or Peggy Guggenheim.
The exhibition is also an attempt to understand the evolution and stages museums have had over time. Visitors may also check out Miró, la experiencia de mirar, which displays 50 works of art by the Spanish artist, as well as MALI’s permanent collection, which consists of over 17 thousand works of art narrating three thousand years of the history of Peruvian art, from pre-Columbian times to midway through the XX century.
An interview with Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo, Peru

An interview with Art Lima 2018 director Rochi del Castillo, Peru

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