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03 Oct 2014

WKV Stuttgart: A Wandering Body: Sergio Zevallos in the Chaclacayo Group

Sergio Zevallos, from the series 'Martirios / Suburbios' (Martyrdom / Suburbs), 1983

A Wandering Body: Sergio Zevallos in the Chaclacayo Group
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart


October 18, 2014–January 11, 2015 Opening: Fri, October 17, 2014, 7 pm Tue, Thu–Sun: 11 am–6 pm; Wed: 11 am–8 pm


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Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2
70173 Stuttgart

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October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Württembergischer Kunstverein is presenting the exhibition 'A Wandering Body. Sergio Zevallos in the Chaclacayo Group' from October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

The show, initiated by Kunstmuseum Lima (MALI) and added to by Württembergischer Kunstverein, gives visitors a comprehensive insight into the oeuvre of the artist Sergio Zevallos, born in Lima in 1962, consisting of drawings, collages, photographs, installations and performances. The focus is on those works which he developed in the 1980s and 1990s as a member of the Chaclacayo group (1982–1994).

Zevallos' works revolve around the relations between body, sexuality, religion, and sociopolitical relations of power and violence – the latter above all in the context of armed political conflicts in Peru in the 1980s. For this purpose he appropriates motifs from Christian and Andean iconography, folk art, and the mass media, combining them with a queer aesthetic praxis.

Together with Helmut Psotta and Raúl Avellaneda, the other two members of the Chaclacayo group, he has created works based on their own bodies and the simplest of materials, works which opposed their social environment marked by violence, machismo, death and homophobia by means of bodily, aesthetic and sexual disobedience.

Zevallos' works from this period include performances that borrow from the choreographies and requisites of Catholic rites and processions; blasphemous overpaintings of prayer cards, particularly with motifs of Saint Rose of Lima; photoseries of cultic actions ranging between torture, ecstasy and sacrifice; drawings in which body organs and objects, heavenly and diabolical creatures, the human being and animals are inextricably interwoven – and much more.

The exhibition was curated by Miguel A. Lopez, who already showcased Zevallos' works at the Kunstverein in 2009 as co-curator of the exhibition 'Subversive Practices'.

It is accompanied by a catalogue (Spanish/English) with texts by Miguel A. López, Beatriz Preciado and Fernanda Carvajal, among others, and a discussion with Jaime Higa, Miguel A. López, Frido Martin, Alfredo Márquez and Sergio Zevallos.

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