GRIMM presents A las revoluciones, como a los árboles, se les reconoce por sus frutos / Revolutions, like trees, are recognized by their fruits, a new solo exhibition by Claudia Martínez Garay. The artist’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands, will be inaugurated during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2019, two years after her graduation from the Rijksakademie.

Claudia Martínez Garay’s work dwells on Peruvian history through the life of cultural artifacts and visual archives, and the multiple voices and meanings which are ascribed to these. She combines graphic iconography and abstraction in her paintings and ceramic sculptures to reflect on the idea of memory, life and after-life, invoking a strong identification with native American cultures of South America.

With a focus on re-reading, remaking and interpreting the visual traditions, the artist presents installations that exists in a specific imaginary’s time and space. Underlying the arrangements, there is a drive to reanimate the existing fragments of lost and forgotten stories. Persistent and bittersweet, Martínez Garay’s work analyzes modernity as an inseparable component of colonialism.

The exhibition functions as an ongoing installation on which the artist keeps working during the exhibition period.

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


bebé y juguetes

Claudia Martínez Garay


Ceramic on painted base

9 x 12 x 10 cm | 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 4 in incl. base: 12 x 16 x 16 cm | 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in

cóndor on a stick

Claudia Martínez Garay


Ceramic on steel pole, brick

130 x 17 x 17 cm | 51 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in


Claudia Martínez Garay


Arcylic, plaster on wood panel

35 x 35 x 3 cm | 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/8 in

chacana y cóndor

Claudia Martínez Garay


Ceramic on enamel-coated steel

126 x 190 x 100 cm | 49 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 39 3/8 in

escenario chacana

Claudia Martínez Garay


Ceramics and MDF

34 x 240 x 160 cm | 13 3/8 x 94 1/2 x 63 in


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.