Description of artwork:
Iosu Aramburu understands history as a permeable reality in which fact and fiction intertwine. He uncovers official narratives of the modernist project and the pre-hispanic past of his native Peru through the use of an abstract formal language.
In the cement drawing here, part of the series Variaciones
, Aramburu explores the legacy of the Modernist project in mid-century Peru by flattening and stylizing different graphic sources from the 1920s to 1960s, which he culled from advertising and publishing to paintings by important local artists (in the case of this work: paintings by Aníbal Santibañez, whose initials are included in the title). In doing so, he reflects upon the deficient, yet ubiquitous presence of the modernist tradition in the country, and how its unfulfilled promises are far from forgotten.
(Source: Catalogue for the exhibition Portadores de sentido