Sergio Zevallos

Artistic Research Fellow

Sergio Zevallos is a multidisciplinary artist, co-founder of Grupo Chaclacayo, a Peruvian collective of the 1980s that dealt with the intersection of religion, gender and armed conflicts. Currently lives and works between Lima and Berlin.

Zevallos works on issues of transcultural identity and the relationship between the individual and power, or between intimacy and the codes of institutionality. A basic concept in this work is the hybrid, both in the organic and sexual sense, as well as in the theoretical and conceptual.

Performative works, installations, series of photographs and drawings, as well as sound compositions are developed by collecting images and texts of public circulation including history archives, press, popular magazines, television programs, educational manuals and religious images, which are then recontextualized and reinterpreted.

Zevallos's work has been presented, among others, at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Maxim-Gorki-Theater in Berlin, Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, El Museo del Barrio in New York, Württembergischen Kunstverein in Stuttgart, Reina Sofía in Madrid, MACBA in Barcelona, Wiener Secession in Vienna, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC in Mexico DF, and also at the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial and documenta 14 in Kassel - Athens.

  • Historical travel reports and drawings from the XVI to the XIX century
  • Ethnographic representations in text and photography
  • Ethnographic sound recordings
  • Essays and descriptions on behavioral and language disorders
  • Manuals on education, hygiene, sexuality, etc., both historical and contemporary
  • Photoreportage of strikes, marches, protests, riots, mostly the 70's in Latin American context
  • Texts and audios of contemporary political speeches, especially those related to war conflicts and international economic agreements
  • Baroque religious painting, especially from colonial contexts such as the Cuzco school and Andean baroque
  • Contemporary mural painting in official buildings, with political or educational function


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