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Datum: 10.09.2019

Sonderausstellung „The Art of Trepanning“ Ausstellungseröffnung am 14. Oktober, 18 Uhr

The exhibition “The Art of Trepanning. Fernando Coco Bedoya und die Kunst der Trepa-Nation” explores Peru’s colonial history of exploitation and cultural erosion as well as the ongoing tension between popular and fine art.

The Art of Trepanning
Fernando Coco Bedoya und die Kunst der Trepa-Nation

Kuratorin: Irina Podgorny, Museo de La Plata/CONICET- Argentinien

Ausstellungseröffnung am 14. Oktober, 18 Uhr

2019 TrepaNacion Plakat

Fernando “Coco” Bedoya (Borja, Peru, 1952), a Peruvian artist based in Argentina since the late 1970s, bridges the experiences of artistic political activism in both Peru and Argentina. Both as a former active member of several art collectives and as a solo artist, he has exhibited his renowned work in the Americas and Europe.

The exhibition explores Peru’s colonial history of exploitation and cultural erosion as well as the ongoing tension between popular and fine art. It was in the 1990s, when Bedoya presented for the first time the supposed archaeological remains of a certain “Cultura Trepa-nación” (Trepa-nation culture). Trepanación (trepanation) refers to the surgical perforation of the skull, art in which specialists of pre-Spanish archaeological cultures, among them the Incas, excelled – as shown by the chirurgical instruments (Tumis) and photos exhibited at the BASA Museum in dialogue with Bedoya’s art. However, the Spanish term, when hyphenated, turns into trepa-nación, which means “climbing-nation” – a word-play invented by Bedoya to refer to “a colonized nation trepanned by opportunism and exploitation. “Trepanning” also plays with one of the meanings of the word, namely the long history of the art of cheating, including the production of fakes and „typical“ Peruvian objects.

Acknowledgements: The exhibition owes much to Rochi del Castillo (Fundación Gecu, Peru), to the staff of the Dirección General para Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú, Embajada del Perú en Alemania (Berlín), Ministerio de Cultura del Perú, the galleries Henrique Faria Fine Arts (NYC) and Hrlitzka & Faria (Buenos Aires), Jana Brass, Karoline Noack and Gerd Kortekamp.

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