Artist Film and In Conversation: Claudia Martínez Garay

2 portraits side by side. on the left, Claudia Martinez garay stands in her studio with a blue painted oval behind her. On the right, Diego chocano hangs an artwork on the wall.
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Join us for a screening of exhibiting artist Claudia Martínez Garay’s short film, Ñuqa Kausakusaq Qhepaykitapas / I Will Outlive You (2017) followed by a Q+A with Curator, Diego Chocano.

After encountering a 1200-year-old ceramic vase at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin representing a Moche prisoner just before he is about to be sacrificed, Martínez Garay started speculating on the history of the artifact and the person that it depicts. The Ancient Peruvian Moche civilization (c. 100 - 700 AD) believed in the afterlife, and made sacrificial offerings to protect their loved ones beyond death.

The film Ñuqa Kausakusaq Qhepaykitapas / I Will Outlive You (15 mins 17 secs) is an exploration into the character of the prisoner depicted on the vase over time. In his monologue, the prisoner reflects on the time before his death when he is literally incarcerated, to his experience as a metaphorical prisoner in a museum display, to being part of an artwork in Martínez Garay's own film.

Following the screening of Martínez Garay's film, the artist will discuss the work and her wider practice with curator Diego Chocano, with an opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions.

Claudia Martinez Garay studied printmaking at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Peru and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 2016 to 2017. Martinez Garay's practice encompasses painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, and site-specific installation. Her sculptural works most often reference pre-Columbian aesthetics, particularly artefacts from the lncan civilisation.

Recent solo exhibitions include, Ghost Kingdom, GRIMM, New York and Ayataki, Artpace, San Antonio in 2022; Caminos de Liberacion, GRIMM, Amsterdam in 2021; Ten Thousand Things, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing in 2020. Selected group exhibitions include, The Measure of the World, RADIUS, Delft in 2023; Cassandra's Complex, basis e.v., Frankfurt; Who Tells a Tale Adds a Tail: Latin America and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem in 2022; No Linear Fucking Time, B.A.K., basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; the 16th Istanbul Biennal titled The Seventh Continent, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Istanbul; Taning Y /Our Passion, Aichi Triennial, Aichi in 2019; Pro-Regress, curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina, the 12th Shanghai Biennial; and Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York in 2018.

Her work can be found in the collections including: AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam; Fundacion Studie e Richerche Benetton, Treviso; Cisnero Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; Denver Art Museum; THE EKARD COLLECTION; Hochschild Collection, Lima; KADIST Collection, Paris and San Francisco; LOOP Collection, MACBA Museu d' Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing among others.

Diego Chocano is a curator, writer and researcher from Lima, Peru, currently based in London. He is an Assistant Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, and has held similar positions at Tate Britain, the University of Essex and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. At Tate, he curated a programme of contemporary commissions as part of its collection rehang. At the University of Essex, he was a researcher, curator and lecturer within the School of Philosophy and Art History. He has written for publications including Burlington Contemporary and MAP Magazine and has curated shows in Scotland, England and Chile.

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