La Jardinera – Valeria Montti Colque


  • Artist: Valeria Montti Colque
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 124
  • Size: 17x24x1 cm
  • Cover: Soft cover
  • Release date: 20170828
  • ISBN: 9789185639984

Valeria Montti Colque’s vibrant work deals with issues of feminism, power and transnationalism. Montti Colque has a peculiar style that is both recognizable and alien. She builds up a world of her own by mixing influences from popular culture, such as hip hop and punk, with saints, jokers, female icons, and other mythical figures.

Identity is central to Valeria Montti Colque’s work. She explores identities with the help of characters that symbolize strength, love, grief, trauma and gender power structures. Valeria Montti Colque’s work is about finding oneself as an individual in an increasingly mobile and global time.

Valeria Montti Colque has shown her work nationally and internationally. She has received several artist’s grants and she has participated in a large number of performances, public artworks and workshops. Both Valeria Montti Colque and author Macarena Dusant share the experience of growing up with parents who migrated from Chile to Sweden. The book also contains an interview with the artist by Angelica Blomhage, author and art intendent at Gotlands konstmuseum.

”She raises questions about gender and ethnicity, national borders, life and death, and the perpetuation of heritage and traditions. Some of it I can recognise in myself. How can anyone deal with a multicultural legacy, and how does it affect the person I am today, the things we do together, building the society of today?” says Minister of Culture Alice Bah Kuhnke on the subject of Valeria Montti Colque’s art in Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter in May 2015.

Macarena Dusant is an art historian and independent writer, working within the field of art since 2009. Her work focuses mainly on power structures, the notion of the public realm and mechanisms of exclusion within contemporary art. Dusant is the co-founder of IDA (Institute for the Decolonisation of Art), which investigates knowledge production and formations within Swedish contemporary art.

Book design by Sebastian Wadsted.

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