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Sandra Gamarra

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Lima, Peru, 1972. Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Sandra Gamarra is the creator of the fictional Lima Museum of Contemporary Art (2002), which is an imaginary collection of paintings with accompanying merchandise based on her hand-painted reproductions of works by her contemporaries. Gamarra’s method of appropriation raises questions about issues of authenticity and the status of replicas. Indeed, a significant part of Gamarra’s work focuses on the mechanisms of the art world, including the art market, exhibitions and creative processes, to explore its reality and workings. Another aspect that has fascinated the artist is the parallel between artistic and mystical experiences. In a series of paintings entitled The New Worshipper and The Apostles, Gamarra suggests that art museums are sites for pilgrimage and worshipful contemplation. According to the artist, observing works of art is, before any political or philosophical reality, an act of faith. In these paintings the artist observes the observers, which provocatively alludes to the relationship between the maker, the work, the viewer and the point at which they meet in the museum. In her work, Gamarra has explored the socio-political consequences of what she considers an incomplete modernity in South America. In her most recent series of works, the artist revisits the landscape genre through the juxtaposition of several sources of imagery. Gamarra not only subverts and re-signifies a genre that has fallen into deep obsolescence, but also questions the historical and socio-political role of this type of representation of nature and territory.

Solo exhibitions: Landscape in Quotation Marks, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil (2017); Figueiredo Ferraz Institute, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2016); Grey Flag Project (commission), Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain; What Made Us Modern / Sharp Images in Humid Environments, Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Blanca, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain; Palacio Molina, Cartagena, Spain (2013); You are here, ASA Factory, European Capital of Culture, Guimarães, Portugal (2012); At the Same Time, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA (2011), among others.

Group Exhibitions: One thousand roaring beasts. Exhibition dispositifs for a critical modernity, CAAC Centro Andaluz Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2017); Permit yourself …, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain (2016); unplace exhibition – networked art: places-between-places, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; MAR – Rio Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); The Marvelous Real, Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Art from the MUSAC Collection, MOT, Tokyo, Japan; Momento Contemporâneo, Figueiredo Ferraz Institute, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2014); Setting the scene, Tate Modern, London, England (2012); XI Biennial of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador (2011); 29th International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2010); 31st Panorama of Brazilian Art, Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo-MAM, São Paulo, Brazil; Mundus Novus, the IILA Pavilion, 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2009), among others.

Her work integrates collections such as: ARTIUM, Basque Museum Art Center, Vitoria, Spain; Deutsche Bank Art Collection; MALI (Museo de Arte de Lima) Peru; MoMA, Nova Iorque, EUA; Tate Modern, London, England, MUSAC, León, Espain; MALI, Lima, Peru; MAR, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others.