Collantes' drawings and paintings takes us to a primitive state: searching for the first glance, surprised by the smallest finding and reaching to her very origins, like an archaeologist searching for the first history. Using the simple materials of paper and paint, Collantes creates small figures which seem to observe even as they are being observed. They have no bodies, or at least no bodies can be seen... as if here in the shadows can only be found only the gaze. In the second part of the exhibition, flowers synthesize the longing to observe and to hold that gaze; the flowers are the complete form of an object: they are both color and sex, and the desire for the desire. Collantes uses her background as a dancer to bring movement to the paper, recording her physical expressions with the strokes of a brush. Text by Joaquin Goldstein, 2015 Collantes moved to New York in 2013, and created much of this work during her recent residency at Mana. Cecilia Collantes (Lima, 1982) is a Peruvian visual and performance artist. In her art, she presents a portrait of today's individual as a product both of contemporary society and an ancient heritage. To create these images, she observes individuals in large metropolises like New York or Bangkok while studying the life of ancient peoples. If you ask her what she is searching for, she will tell you she is attempting to capture an essence outside of time, and pursuing a balance between the spiritual and the physical realms. She received her training in Fine Arts and Contemporary Dance in Peru, Germany and Indonesia, at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin and the Traditional Arts Institute of Surakarta in Indonesia. Her painting and performance work has been shown in Cecilia Gonzales Gallery in Lima, Biasa Art Space in Jakarta, The Thempelhof Theater Festival in Berlin, the Hagen Museum in Germany, among others. She has been awarded residencies including the Eileen Kaminsky Residency Program at Mana Contemporary in the United States, Residencias Artísticas por Intercambio in Mexico, the Thaillywood Artist Residency in Thailand, as well as the Darmasiwa Scholarship in Indonesia.
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