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Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Romántico Elegante (Romantic, Elegant), 2013. MDF, wood, paint, aluminum foil. 250 x 600 x 400 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Arma - dura (armor), 2018. Beads and thread. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Lo que un día fue no será (What it was once, won’t ever be), 2018. Exhibition view, 80m2, Livia Benavides Gallery, Lima. Image: Juan Pablo Murrugara. Courtesy of the artist.

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales, Karaoke maldito (cursed karaoke), 2018. Video installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales works across drawing, sculpture, video and installation to explore the lasting influence of modernism in Latin American architecture, art and popular culture. Gender identity is central theme in her practice, specifically in considering how modernity, understood broadly as a historical period, philosophy and aesthetic movement embodied in landscapes and human bodies, enables forms of violence against women and non-binary people. Her work is rooted in encounters with objects and moments such as clothing, architectural motifs or lines of dialogue from telenovelas which are subtly subverted to reveal how such devices shape our desires and interactions. 

During her residency at Gasworks, Fátima will conduct research into how Pre-Columbian Peruvian iconography has influenced Western Modernism, with particular focus on its appropriation by the fashion and design industries. With her work she will aim to problematize the structures of power that in a post-colonial context continue to organise the world in hierarchical binaries of nature/culture, primitive/civilized, past/present and female/male, veiling the fluid relations between colonizers and colonized that compose what we understand as “modern.”

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Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales lives and works in Lima. She gained a Bachelor of Arts from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2011. Her recent solo exhibitions include Mala mujer, Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogotá; Lo que un día fue, no será, 80M2 Livia Benavides Gallery, Lima (both 2018); Geometría Sentimental, Lucía de la Puente Gallery, Lima; UNAP, Many Studios, Glasgow International (both 2016); and Otras tardes, Garúa, Lima (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Los nuevos sensibles, Hoffmann’s house, Santiago de Chile (2018); Feminicidios: Ni una menos, Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Centre, Bogota; KM 55, Bienal Sur, Buenos Aires; Legado y Divergencia, ICPNA, Lima; Espejo Negro, Elefante Blanco, El cuarto de máquinas, Mexico City (all 2017); Aló Teresa, Bisagra, Lima; and Segunda Gran Bienal Tropical, San Juan (both 2016). In 2017 Fátima took part in the Escuela Flora residency program in Bogotá. 

Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales' residency is supported by Contemporary Art Association of Peru and she is hosted in the Roberts Residency Studio.