Arturo Kameya, Opaque Spirits, 2024 / installation view at Marres House for Contemporary Culture / Photo Gert Jan van Rooij
Arturo Kameya: Opaque Spirits
Mar 7 – May 26, 2024
Marres
Maastricht, The Netherlands

“Why do we pretend to have a state?”
José Ignacio Cabrujas, 1987

The Venezuelan playwright Cabrujas once compared the nation to a hotel, a temporary place that doesn’t belong to its inhabitants and thus doesn’t require upkeep. In this hotel, the state plays the manager role but fails to cover even the most basic needs of its guests.

Peruvian artist Arturo Kameya has transformed Marres into a hotel where the ghosts of the failed Peruvian state have taken up residence. The building’s facade will feature massive paintings showing contemporary Messianic imagery. Inside, visitors can find various scenes, such as a tiled bathhouse that functions as a restaurant, a multi-armed beer fountain, and a large upstairs room with mechanical fish. The hotel’s interior is an allegory of the Peruvian state, reflecting a world of appearances in which truth is less important than what is evoked out of sheer necessity.

The exhibition is made in collaboration with the artist Claudia Martínez Garay.

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