Andrea Ferrero

Artists in Residence
01.10.2016 - 31.10.2016

Visual artist based in Lima, Peru. She obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Premio a la Crítica in 2015. Andrea has participated in several projects and group exhibitions such as the joint creation of the theatre piece Naked Eye for the York Theatre Festival in Toronto, Canada in 2013, Arte Laguna Prize exhibition in the Venice Arsennale, in Venice, Italy in 2016, the group show Error 404 | Not Found, in Galería Rottenslat, Lima Peru, among others. She is currently an artist in residence at Despina Residency Programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  and some of her upcoming projects for 2017 include her first solo show at Galería Rottenslat, Lima, Peru, and MANA Residency | FUGAZ @ MANA in New Jersey, USA. She is represented by Galería Rottenslat, in Lima, Peru.

Andrea is particularly drawn to the human body; how its remains bound up with architectonic reality and how memories and history itself are permeated and materialised in the surfaces of inhabited spaces. Her ongoing body of work, Espacios Despellejados, seeks to explore the relationship between body, space and memory, as well as the juxtaposition between inhabited space and the bodies that inhabit it, allowing space to function as a memory map of our bodies: an (auto) biography – a patient mnemonist. She therefore explores the ways in which inhabited space bears a skin that carries the same marks, prints, scars, moles and memories than that of a body, proposing a hybrid skin between body and space and creating powerful large-scale installations that portray a fragile spatial memory of what once was a solid construction, rearranging space with ghost-like pieces that float and almost seem to linger between memory and reality itself.

More recently, Andrea has been drawn to abandoned sites and spaces; timeless spaces that are never truly dead, yet are never alive either, lurking between decay and growth; the past and the present. Her newest projects aim to explore current social and cultural issues, evidenced and highlighted by these places; poetical monuments to failure that  seem to have an almost ghostly, timeless and surreal beauty – “invaded” and re-inhabited by bodies that re-appropriate the space not only in terms of structure, but also in terms of history and memory. They are revitalised but still can’t seem escape their own spatial reality and timelessness. During her time at Despina Residency Programme, she will be studying Rio de Janeiro in terms of its abandoned buildings and the utopian modernist ideas for a city that have proved to be impossible to build, questioning what [and if ] these reflect not only about the city of Rio but also about Brazilian culture, history and society.

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