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Jimena Chávez Delion

Lima, Peru

Artist Statement

My work starts from the experience of urban spaces as circuits between ephemeral elements loaded with both political and affective content. I am drawn by the way materiality, geography, and customs are intertwined in urban everyday life, and I am interested in working especially in places constructed around informal economies.

The journey that I want to describe with my work begins with exchange, informality, and precariousness, and moves towards how otherness, marginality, and the aspirations of everyday life materially filter into subjectivity. On the other hand, it also rises from the empathy that I feel when witnessing the encounter of gestures and residues around disregarded urban contexts in order to move towards reflections on value, globalization, archeology, and memory.

Within my practice, I’m concerned with how materiality can be a living vestige that talks about our recent past and our social dynamics. I am interested in the way material culture can build its own narratives about disparities in neoliberal societies. Where, for example, the desire for progress mixes up with scarcity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.

Formally, with my pieces and installations, I would like to find a kind of second economy of things. Promote coexistence in those heterogeneous elements that live in the popular and intimate way of life as a form of subverting the normative that divides peripheral from central, that separates form from content, industrial from artisanal.

This heterogeneous dimension, populated by scraps, materials that mimic or contain others, symbols, languages, and intermittent patterns, has a proper value and in that sense, I feel that it must be preserved.

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Artist Biography

Jimena Chávez Delion is a visual artist born in Lima – Peru. She graduated with honors from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Fine Arts Department and furthered her education in visual arts at l'ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels. Chávez Delion holds an MFA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. In 2021 she was a laureate of the Friends of S.M.A.K. Prize (Ghent) and was awarded the Prince Claus Seed Awards 2022.

Chavez Delion’s exhibitions include “ICPNA Prize 2022”, ICPNA - Lima 2022; “Friends of S.M.A.K. Prize 2021”, S.M.A.K. – Gent 2021; “Otras divisas” (solo show), Crisis gallery – Lima 2021; “Metales o maneras” (solo show), Enrique Guerrero – Mexico City 2019; “Oasis Paraíso, Proyecto Amil – Lima 2020; “Thank you come again, In Situ – Antwerp 2019; “Lengua bárbara”, Casado Santapau - Madrid 2019; “Contraband”, Washington Project for the Arts – Washington DC 2018; “Premio Nacional de pintura”, Museo Central - Lima 2018; “ICPNA Prize, Icpna – Lima 2018; “Land(e)scape”, Designtransfer UDK – Berlin 2017; “Generación Y”, Y gallery – Lima 2017; ”Out of office”, Louise 186 - Brussels 2016; ”Como escapar de um armário”, Skrei Arts Division - Porto 2016; among others. Since 2021 her work is part of the S.M.A.K. Museum collection.



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