Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum Coca by Ximena Garrido-Lecca

MXN 800.00

Spanish / English
192 pages
Soft cover, printed in color
15 x 23 cm

ISBN: 978-607-98750-5-3

Botanical Readings: Erythroxylum Coca is an installation by the artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca (Peru, 1980), presented at proyectoamil in Lima, 2019. The piece was composed by a hydroponic structure for the cultivation of coca plants, whose leaves—and their divinatory ancestral possibilities—answered the questions that visitors had about their own future. This publication reviews the different historical and visual layers that make up the installation, where the coca is inserted as an agent whose circulation, consumption and significance resist the impetus that, from the West, has tried to inventory the desires and stories contained within it; while at the same time continues growing as a living input of the colonial capitalist machine.


This publication was supported by proyectoamil, Galerie Gisela Capitain, and 80m² Livia Benavides for its production.

Edited by Ana Gabriela García & Jesús A. Villalobos Fuentes

Texts by Sara Garzón, Catherine J. Allen, Florencia Portocarrero & Ximena Garrido-Lecca

Designed by Iván Martínez /


Photography: Aimée Suárez / @documentaciondearte


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