Lima, Perú, 1980
Ximena Garrido-Lecca is an artist who lives and works between Mexico City and Lima. Her artistic practice explores spaces of tension between Peru’s ancestral knowledge and the modern colonial apparatus. Through the revision of the historical and material layers of the Andean region, the artist constructs pieces that show the different symbolic and socio-political values lying in cultural production, technological development and the natural environment. The contraposition of these meanings— staged in her work—points to the persistent power relations within the construction of knowledge that have allowed for a colonial and extractivist relationship with the territory, as well as the work and stories of the communities that inhabit it.
She studied Visual Arts at the Universidad Católica del Perú and completed her postgraduate studies at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. Her solo exhibitions include: her show for the 34th São Paulo Biennial, titled Faz escuro mas eu canto (2020); Redes de Conversión at 80m2 Livia Benavides, Lima (2021); Spectrums of Reference, Orange County Museum of Arts, California (2019); Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum Coca, proyectoamil, Lima (2019); Lines of Divergence, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2018); Estados nativos, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2017); Botanical Insurgencies: Phaseolus Lunatus, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2017), among others. She has also participated in group exhibitions such as: Rethinking nature, Madre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples (2022); Mecarõ. L’Amazonie dans la collection Petitgas, Montpellier Contemporain (2020); Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, El Espacio 23, Miami (2019); Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Centre Pompidou in Chengdu (2018), Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, Kent (2017); Zigzag Incisions, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch and SALTS, Basel (2017).
She has been a recipient of the Luces Award (2016), as well as an honorable mention for her participation in the International Cuenca Biennial, in Ecuador (2014).