Sandra Gamarra, Study for the Guest I, 2009, Oil on canvas, 24x33 cm
Opening: Wednesday, May 27, 6 to 8 pm
Rotwand is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Zürich of the Peruvian artist Sandra Gamarra (Lima, *1972).
The exhibition, “The Guest”, is based on a short story (see below) inspired by photographs of public and professional spaces as well as books from art museums that the artist acquired during a recent visit to Zurich. This exhibition looks at and builds upon the relation between the stage and its audience. “The Guest” juxtaposes behind-the-scene pictures with exhibitive spaces. This combination underlines that visitors relate to places made for a certain effect where hosts decide what to show. Throughout the exhibition, the artist becomes the invited host of a space which functions as an incomplete puzzle filled by the foreign and familiar interpretations of its guests. Sandra Gamarra investigates museums as spaces for reflection on memory, classification, selection and emptiness. In 2002 she created the LiMac, Lima Contemporary Art Museum, whose collection is partly made up of appropriations of works from her contemporaries as painting, a formula which she uses to make ¨real¨ and ¨original¨ objects out of copied catalogues and art magazines. Due to the lack of a real museum, Sandra Gamarra creates fictitious museums that she turns into spaces for reflection on the problematic of memory and unarticulated history.
Sandra Gamarra will participate at this year's Venice Biennial. Her work is in several private and public collections such as MoMA NY, Tate Modern and Musac Leon.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Sabina Kohler & Bettina Meier-Bickel
From July 13 until August 25 the gallery will be open by appointment only.