Evangelina Elizondo, assistant curator at the World Bank; artist Cecilia Paredes; and Sue Spaid, executive director at Contemporary Museum in Baltimore
THE ART EXHIBITION of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes “NATURAL ARCHIVE Object and Photography” opened at the Embassy of Peru on Tuesday evening, Feb. 7.
MS. PAREDES constructs her objects using mainly discarded natural elements and transforms them into casts and weavings with new meaning. She also does performances using make up and body painting to transform herself into animals, plants and landscapes. These acts are recorded with photography, creating her “photoperformances.”
“Dress for the Act of Flying,” Cloth and Peacock Feathers, 2012
CECILIA PAREDES was born in Lima, Peru, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia and Lima. She has also lived in Mexico, Rome and San Jose, Costa Rica. She studied at the Catholic University Art School in Lima, the Cambridge Arts and Crafts School in England and at the Scuola del Nudo in Rome.
Her work has been shown at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, the U.N. headquarters in New York, the Inter-American Institute of Rome, Open Maps in Madrid, the World Bank in Washington, D.C., ICPNA and Inca Garcilaso Cultural Center in Lima, Beijing National Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA), and at the 51st Venice Biennal in Italy, among other venues. Her artwork is also shown permanently in the Natural World Museum in California and Museo del Barrio in New York, among many other institutions, and she has also received many awards.
The show runs through March 23, 2012. The Embassy of Peru is located at 1700 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The embassy’s art gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission free. Tel. 202-833-9860.