Aimée Zito Lema (1982, Amsterdam, NL) is a dutch-argentinean visual artist. Born in Amsterdam and raised in Buenos Aires. Both research-based and intuitive, Zito Lema works with archival material and personal memory. Her projects seek to investigate history as it is passed through generations, and in turn, as a tool to rethink the present. Growing up between Argentina and the Netherlands, Zito Lema is influenced by movements: of the body in space, across geographies; and of the past into the present. In her practice Aimée Zito Lema engages with questions around social memory. By using archives as starting point, and looking at history as ‘raw material’ she constructs works that span from video, photography, sculpture, and performances. She often explores workshop methodologies as a part of her creative process, and creates different constellations from which to re-write, re-imagine or question the past. The relation between memory, body and archive has long been at the core of her territory of experimentation. Questions about social memory and how the body can function as an agent of resistance and a transmitter of knowledge are at stake in her practice. Through her work she intends to reflect on images, events and the way we perceive them, evoking the various manifestations of the past into the contemporary realm of the sensible. Zito Lema lives and works in Amsterdam.
Aimée Zito Lema holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Artes, Buenos Aires (2003), and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2007). She completed a Master’s degree at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague (NL, 2009-2011) and she was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL, 2015-2016). Her work was shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions at a.o. Mercer Union, Toronto (2022, CA); Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (2022, GB); tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (2022, NL); Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2021, AT); Triennial of Arts of SESC, Sorocaba (2021, BR); Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2020, 2021, NL); Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires (2020, AR); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2016, 2020, NL); Centro Centro, Madrid (2020, ES); HangZhou Triennial of Fiber Arts, HangZhou (2019, CN); Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon (2018, PT); Zmud Projects, Buenos Aires (2018, AR); De Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam (2018, NL); Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2018, FR); Kunsthall Trondheim (2017, NO); MACBA Barcelona (2017, ES); Casco, Utrecht (2014. NL). Works by Aimée Zito Lema are present in international private and public collections.