Nominated for PIPA Prize for the first time this year, assume vivid astro focus (avaf) present their first solo show in Peru in “abstracto viajero andinos fetichizados”. On view at Museo Mario Testino (MATE) until the beginning of April this year, the exhibition is curated by PIPA Board member Kiki Mazzucchelli and displays a selection of newly commissioned and existing works by the artists’ group, which recently assumed a one-man format led by Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack.
Exhibited in MATE’s main gallery, the commissioned work consists on an installation made of four woven rugs. Produced in collaboration Elvia Paucar Orihuela, daughter of one of the most recognised weavers in the region of San Pedro de Cajas, in the Peruvian Northwest, the textiles combine the bold colours schemes and geometric patterns characteristic of the ancient Wari civilization – which Sudbrack came to know almost by chance during a research trip to Lima – and the playfulness of avaf’s own designs.
“They are, above all, intense clusters of colour that concentrate a great amount of energy in a somehow condensed space,” writes Mazzucchelli in the introductory text to the show. “Hanging from the gallery ceiling, these rugs actually translate this concentrated energy into movement, as they periodically revolve increasingly faster around their suspension point, eventually becoming a kind of blur of colours until slowing down again.”
Also featured in the exhibition is a two-hour long video programme mixing footage accumulated by Sudbrack and a selection of film works. Recorded mostly on mobile phone cameras, the programme offers insight into the vast range of references that has informed avaf’s work for the last two decades – a multi-disciplinary practice in which a myriad of disparate references from high and low culture collide.
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