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Andrea Canepa, Simetrías (Symmetries), acrylic, metal, wood, objects, 186 x 37 x 134cm, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Andrea Canepa, Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Andrea Canepa, Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

Andrea Canepa, Connect the Dots, 2014. Gouache and pen on paper, 149 cm x 98 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Andrea Canepa, Western Carpet, 2013. Hand-tufted rug, 170 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Working across drawing, sculpture and textiles, Andrea Canepa explores systems and patterns designed to organise, categorise and manage knowledge, interpretation and cultural symbolism, as found in the objects she appropriates, such as subway maps, Latin American flags and Oriental rugs. She then rearranges their key elements according to different criteria – such as colour, shape or order of appearance – to reveal the hidden meanings concealed by original organisational principles.

At Gasworks, Canepa developed a series of works that performed a number of ‘useless’ or ‘wasteful’ actions, with the aim being to sidestep the economic imperatives of everyday life, highlighting the automatism that underpins late capitalism. Some of these actions included inserting a blank classified ad into a newspaper, keeping an empty envelope in circulation via international air mail and locking and keeping keys to luggage lockers in various public institutions. Canepa also used the studio to produce a number of works that explored the motifs and systems of popular games, which included sculptural interventions that rendered famous toys inert and unworkable.


Andrea Canepa lives and works in Lima. Recent exhibitions include “C.I.T.I” at Sala de Arte Joven de Madrid, Madrid (2015), “Los Agricultores” at Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona (2014), “Mi(g)radas” at the II Biennial of Photography, Lima (2014), and “Generaciones 2014” at La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2014). She was awarded the Endesa Grant in 2013 and the “ARCO Young Artists Prize” in 2014.

Andrea Canepa’s residency is supported by The Shelagh Wakely Bequest, administered by the Elephant Trust. She is hosted in the Outset Residency Studio.