Andrea Ferrero

2019

2nd Place recipient

Andrea Ferrero (Lima, Perú 1991) is an artist whose work uses architecture as a tool to rupture collective memory and question the basis of political power, playing with notions of possibility and counter-memory. It examines the social constructs of memory, often through the creation of fictional scenarios, proposing alternate perceptions of archival material and historical narratives that imagine hypothetical realities and social transformations. Archives and histories are used as malleable raw material that is deconstructed, recycled and manipulated, dwelling within its aesthetics and reacting to its narratives. She is concerned not only with remembering but also -and perhaps most importantly- with forgetting. Interested in its impact on society, culture, spatial form and the way the city is understood, her work confronts manifestations of persistent colonial ideology in Latin America, often presented as a romanticised fiction but certainly neither new nor limited to a specific historical period: how are notions of place and nation reinforced through ideological, architectural and stylistic transfers? These ideas are often materialised through architectural castings, 1:1 replicas of building contours, and representations of imagined constructions of ‘what could have been’.

​She obtained a BFA in Sculpture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2015. She was awarded Honorable Mention in the Premio a la Crítica in 2015, was finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2016, the Premio Nacional de Artes Visuales Trujillo in 2018 and the Premio ICPNA Arte Contemporáneo in 2019. Andrea was recently awarded the 2019 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award. Her first solo show, “Mil maneras de olvidar”, was presented at Ginsberg Galeria, Lima in 2017 and her work has been shown collectively in spaces such as La Casita, Bogotá; the Venice Arsenal, Venice; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima; Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro; Y Gallery, Lima and ICPNA, Lima. She has completed artist residencies at Despina, Rio de Janeiro; MANA Contemporary, New Jersey; Uberbau_House, Sao Paulo and Escuela FLORA at FLORA ars+natura, Bogotá. Andrea’s upcoming projects include the two year programme at SOMA in Mexico City and Residency.ch (PROGR) 2020 in Bern, supported by the COINCIDENCIA Pro Helvetia grant.

  • Ciudades Invisibles

    Ciudades Invisibles 290x40x40 cm each 2017

    1:1 replicas of the contours of fictional columns

  • Mil maneras de olvidar

    Mil maneras de olvidar 240x240x70 cm 2017

    1:1 replica of imagined staircase

  • El centro de Lima (Mil maneras de olvidar)

    El centro de Lima (Mil maneras de olvidar) 400x350x30 cm 2017

    1:1 contour of colonial facade

  • Ciudades Invisibles (detail)

    Ciudades Invisibles (detail) 290x40x40 cm each 2017

    1:1 replicas of the contours of fictional columns

  • Dime qué recuerdas y te diré quien eres

    Dime qué recuerdas y te diré quien eres 200 x 160 cm 2015

    Rubber casting of my bed

  • El primer ferrocarril de América

    El primer ferrocarril de América 400 x 450 x 450 cm 2015

    Rubber cast of staircase of abandoned space.

  • Rio - Forgotten Spaces (vista frontal) baja

    Rio - Forgotten Spaces (vista frontal) baja 500 x 360 x 100 cm 2016

    Cast of the library of abandoned mansion in Rio.

  • Mil maneras de olvidar (detail)

    Mil maneras de olvidar (detail) 140 x 95 x 30 cm 2017

    Rubber cast of hand railing in abandoned house.

  • Ciudades Invisibles (detail)

    Ciudades Invisibles (detail) 290 x 40 x 40 cm 2017

    1:1 replicas of the contours of fictional columns

  • Mil maneras de olvidar (detail)

    Mil maneras de olvidar (detail) 2017