ALFREDO LEDESMA QUINTANA
I am a peruvian artist located in Vienna since the last six years. I started my artistic career specializing in sculptors made out of metal, with a focus on space and the perception of it. I was born and raised in Lima, Peru and belong to the third generation of a Peruvian artisan silversmith family. My first contact with creating was through my grandmother, whom I grew up with. She showed me how to use various tools – including silversmith – as medium to transmit a conception of life based on Andean cosmovision as the search for harmony with and orientation through nature.
My way of working has been very impulsive. Looking back at my production of art, I came to realize that through my artwork I try to close a gap, reconnect with, revalue and reactivate traditional Andean culture and my Andean identity. I want to explore what forms of values, thoughts, knowledge, imagination and visual perception colonialism has brought about the Andean societies, creating tensions and discrepancies with traditional cosmovisions and ways of living.
With my work i am looking for that critically approaches existing “modern” values etc. and rework, decolonize, and help to de/re-learn through art. Traditional Andean thoughts and cosmovisions that have partly been suppressed and discriminated serve as a base and starting point, and not westerns thoughts and art.
2001-2004 Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences and Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University of Perú
2005-2011 Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú, Lima, Perú.
2019- Master Degree in Art & Science at the Angewandte University of Viena, Austria
EXHIBITIONS, RESIDENCES, WORKSHOPS
2020 Recinto. Community based project. Shucush, Rodriguez de Mendoza, Amazonas, Peru.
2019 San Marcos-Huanca. Site-specific sculpture/performance. San Marcos, Peru.
2019 Laundry service, open studio Exhibition- Art & Science | University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.
2019 Is this Intimacy? In the framework of the 5th edition of Curators’ Agenda in collaboration with theUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna,
BLOCKFREI presents a mutual group exhibition taking place at KRINZINGER PROJECT, Vienna, Austria.
2019 Tierra Prometida. Asentamiento Humano Tierra Prometida. Ica, Perú
2018 Publication of Artwork in Parabol AM9-THE RITUAL-Verena Melgarejo & Imayna
Cáceres-Vienna Contemporary, Wien, Austria.
2017 Land(e)scape // Designtransfer-Berlin-Universitat der Kunste Berlin, Germany.
2016 Land(e)scape. Workshop, HBKsaar – Völklinger Hütte – Neunkirchen, Saarbrücken, Germany.
2016 Nomade Solo Exhibition – Blütengasse Offspace. Vienna, Austria,
2015 Territory – Blütengasse Offspace, Vienna, Austria
2015 City leaks -Urban Art Festival, Cologne, Germany
2015 Wer hat Angst vor dem Museum? Weltmuseum. Vienna, Austria.
2015 Hands on, Gallerie Bäckerstrasse 4, Vienna, Austria
2015 Artist in Residence – Projektraum Albrechtsfeld. Burgenland, Austria (Gallerie Bäckerstrasse 4)
2015 Lange Nacht der Kirchen. Edith Stein Kapelle – KGH. Vienna, Austria
2014 Sculpture Competition in Public Space. Peter & Adriana Hobart. Ricardo Palma Cultural
Center. Lima, Peru.
2014 Annual Sculpture Competition. IPAE -15. Peruvian British Cultural
Center. Lima, Peru.
2013 Sculpture Competition in Public Space. Peter & Adriana Hobart. Ricardo Palma Cultural Center. Lima, Peru.
2013 Acero. Museum of Contemporary Art. Lima, Peru.
2013 Alacero 54. Lima, Peru.
2012 Art Festival Ostrale 0.12. Dresden, Germany.
2012 Graduate Exhibition. Cultural Center Pontifical Catholic University of Perú. Lima, Peru.