Claudia Martínez Garay

Press release

Claudia Martínez Garay’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, and site-specific installation. Martínez Garay is interested in how artefacts, cultural relics, and propaganda communicate the history and social-political memory of cultures. Multiple interpretations of historical figures and iconography are incorporated into the artist’s work, supplanting institutional narratives and notions of stewardship. The artist seeks to challenge the persistence of colonialist frameworks and official narratives informing our understanding of the pre-Columbian cultures. The fractured forms in her work signal stories and identities that have been obscured through a process of erosion, both metaphorical and literal. Martínez Garay reanimates the existing fragments of lost histories, underscoring the connections between that which can be salvaged and continued.

Claudia Martínez Garay (b. 1983 in Ayacucho, PE) lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). She studied printmaking at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru (PE) and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL) from 2016 to 2017. The artist is part of the group exhibitions Who tells a tale adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (US) opening on July 31, 2022 until March 5, 2023 and Cassandra Complex, curated by Adriana Blidaru, at basis e.v., Frankfurt (DE) from September 15 to December 4, 2022.