Liminal, 2019
video installation, 64'
Liminal, 2019, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES, installation view

Liminal, 2019
video installation, 64'
Liminal, 2019, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES, installation view

Earthquakes, 2017
two-channel video installation, 9' loop
Earthquakes, 2017, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JP, installation view

Earthquakes, 2017
two-channel video installation, 9' loop
Earthquakes, 2017, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JP, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Peruvian artists in the Hochschild Collection, 2017, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, ES, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Escenarios, 2014, Galería 80M2 Livia Benavides, Lima, PE, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Escenarios, 2014, Galería 80M2 Livia Benavides, Lima, PE, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Escenarios, 2014, Galería 80M2 Livia Benavides, Lima, PE, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Monitoring, 2016, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, DE, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Monitoring, 2016, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, DE, installation view

Sceneries, 2014
Three-channel video installation, 15' loop
Do Disturb, 2015, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR, installation view

biography

“Watanabe’s work is capable of making the unspeakable present and not by pronouncing it but by making its impact felt. An aesthetically pleasing image, or a silence, can be loaded with a calamity that could strike at any moment, while abstraction hides monsters in its grey zone. The tension that Watanabe captures with mastery, namely the ongoing process of slow imprints of violence that changes the everyday until it is no longer recognizable, is characteristic of the internal conflict in her home country, Peru, that often informs her work, and the gaps in the emotional landscapes of the people affected by it.”  (Text by Heidi Ballet).

Maya Watanabe was born in Lima, Peru, in 1983. She is a visual artist who works with video installations. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in solo-exhibitions at a.o.: Maxxi Museum, Rome (2019, IT); Art Museum of Lima (2019, PE); Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts (2019, US); La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2019, ES); Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam (2018, NL); Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto (2017, JP); El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago de Chile (2016, CL); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019, FR); Matadero, Madrid (2014, ES). She has been featured in festivals like Videobrasil and the Rencontres Internationales, as well as in the Havana Biennial, Asian Art Biennial, 2nd Wuzhen Contemporary Art Exhibition, Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra and the Beijing Biennial. She has also collaborated as a set designer and audiovisual art director for theatre plays performed in Peru, Spain, Austria and Italy. In 2018 she received the Han Nefkens Foundation prize. Watanabe is currently based in Amsterdam (NL).

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March 23 - May 4, 2019
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