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Claudia Martínez Garay presents her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam, exactly two years after graduating from the Rijksakademie in 2017.

Martínez Garay will present a body of new work that combines standing murals, geometric forms, and ceramic works to reflect on the idea of sacrifice, invoking a strong identification with indigenous cultures. She looks to the pre-Colombian cultures of South America, with a focus on representing and interpreting the visual language of Incan ceremonial traditions.

Martínez Garay’s work is in dialogue with the impact of colonialism on cultural artifacts, questioning how these are created, preserved, transformed and circulated. She investigates objects’ journeys between their origin and destination, suggesting that the information accrued in these transitory spaces holds value and power. Each object has its own biography, its own history. While individual works are fragile and symbolic, together they form a collective that is powerful and analytical.

Opening during Amsterdam Art Weekend Gallery Night, Friday 22 November 2019


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Claudia Martínez Garay

Claudia Martínez Garay’s work is in dialogue with the impact of colonialism on cultural artifacts, questioning how cultural artifacts are created, preserved, transformed and circulated. Investigating objects' journeys between their origin and destination, she suggests that the information accrued in these transitory spaces holds value and power.