Ximena Garrido-Lecca / Photo Beatrice Petrivelli
Inflorescence / Ximena Garrido-Lecca
Portikus / Nov 12, 2022 – Feb 12, 2023
Beatrice Petrivelli
Frankfurt, Germany

The Peruvian artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca is often known for her commitment to Peru’s history and its ancient mythology, other than for her study of the relationships between urban and rural areas and globalization. These elements can be found in Inflorescence, her latest work, which was created for her first solo exhibition in Germany as an established artist. The installation, composed of a series of sculptures made of corn plants and other elements, is specifically designed for the Portikus’ space – an eclectic institution for contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main. Located on a small island on the Main River and accessible only via the Alte Brücke, the Portikus represented a landmark for Frankfurt’s art scene, especially for its commitment to displaying prominent as well as emerging artists. As usual for Portikus, a pamphlet available at the entrance is meant to guide the visitor through the conceptual structure of the show, exploring its origins and examining the exhibition’s topics through various written media. That can take the form of newspaper articles, maps, scientific explainers, or even poetry – not just an informative brochure, but a piece of art itself meant to complement the exhibition. Portikus also exploits the lower floor of the building to make the audience further interact with the work in question or explore other aspects of it. On this occasion, Portikus has set up a space downstairs, where next to a big corn wall and corn seats, a temporary radio station broadcasts a radio program twice a week during the entire duration of the exhibition.

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