The ground beneath our feet, text for the exhibition Toma de Tierra. November 2015

Poor Illapa, reduced from thunderous god ripping the skies apart with anger at our mistakes to being captured in his sister’s jar, tapped of all powers, grounded. There is his spirit trapped the simplest of clay vessels and shorted out by water, all his lightening energy woven out across the floor through copper wires; brought […]Leer más >

Max Hernández Calvo. Smoke Architecture, October 2015

The installation Smoke Architecture (80m2 Livia Benavides) enacts a radical transformation of the gallery, which during the exhibition is transformed into a kind of pre-industrial factory producing artisanal bricks. Completely operational, it creates around 500 bricks per week. In the front yard of the gallery, a brick furnace has been built. A chimney of galvanised […]Leer más >

Miguel A. López, Curatorial text Los Suelos, MATE (Museum Mario Testino), June 2014

Los Suelos (The Soils) is the first solo exhibition of work by Ximena Garrido-Lecca in Lima. It combines three pieces that explore the memory of artisanal tradition and the abandonment of rural spaces as an after-effect of the processes of modernization. These works continue the investigation the artist initiated in 2013, through sculptures produced in […]Leer más >

Manuela Moscoso, cuenca biennial, march 2014

In her practice, Ximena Garrido-Lecca examines the turbulent history of Peru and explores the cultural impact of neocolonial standards that are transmitted through the processes of globalization. The artist scrutinizes urban, rural and natural architecture and concentrates on spaces where a mediatory materiality is visible between the specific and the universal. She begins by considering […]Leer más >

José Roca, LARA (Latin American Roaming Art), March 2013

Ximena Garrido-Lecca has been living outside of Peru for more than a decade. The physical and temporal distance, and being immersed in a cultural environment with very different codes, has made her see some cultural features of her country of origin with different eyes. Garrido-Lecca is interested in the social landscape of Peru and in […]Leer más >

Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Kit Hammonds, December 2012

In the inter-related works Gross of Chullos and Gross of Unknitted Chullos, both 2012, Ximena Garrido-Lecca considers the relationship of value and labour both in art and artisanal production. The Gross of Chullos drawn on accountancy paper are the recognisable symbol of Peruvian culture – the pointed woollen hat with ear-flaps that have been worn […]Leer más >

Interview REVma -/+: “Paisaje Antrópico” at Max Wigram Gallery, April 2012

Max Wigram Gallery showcases the first solo exhibition of Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca, titled “Paisaje Antrópico”. The exhibition consists of numerous sculptural installations, including a working fountain, a wall made of flattened oil drums, a metal screen forming the shape of a condor and covered with party streamers, a cactus growing in a paint bucket […]Leer más >

The National Still Life, Rodrigo Quijano, April 2010

In the troubled ebb and flow of the heterogeneous contemporary realities of Peru, death has always occupied a central place. Not only because of the sixty thousand or more “disappearances” arising from the country’s tempestuous recent political past, but also because violence and funerary rituals have always marked the way of how the territory sees […]Leer más >