• Born 1983 in Ayacucho, Perú
  • Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Photo: Rutger de Vries

Claudia Martínez Garay’s artistic practice is concerned with socio-political issues related to Peruvian history. She focuses on how colonialism has influenced the use of tools from everyday life, questioning how such objects are created, preserved, transformed, and circulated. Her work is the result of research into how images are strategically built so that people will interpret history in a certain way; she reproduces, transforms, deconstructs, and reconfigures iconography used in war and terrorism, and motifs reminiscent of traditional South American crafts and rituals from before European invasion. The moment of (un)recognizing history is where the artist wants to situate her work, as she delves into (post)war and (de)colonial issues, and the relationship between memory and remembrance.

Selected Works

12th Shanghai Biennale, Proregress—Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
4th New Museum Triennial, Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York, USA
4th San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico
12th Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Art on the Go, Contemporary Collection of the Lima Art Museum MALI, Estação, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • ... imaywanpas quidakuwakmi ... (... but you can stay with my stuff ...), 2017
  • Photo: Arturo Kameya
  • Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM(Amsterdam/New York)