PALACIO DE DES*GOBIERNO
2016



The beginning of this drawing piece must be found in the “Two Generations” contest, recently carried out by the Peruvian-British Cultural Association that took place on September 2016. In the artwork submitted there was an intention to explore the playful possibilities of modular structures for drawings, an art proposal previously developed at “AnIMaL: 7 distritos” exhibition (2014). In these mobile wooden structures different formats drawings were put together.

In these drawings, as well as in previous works that make use of other mediums (such as digital collage, oil painting, and paintbrush software), the task was to make some comments about Lima from an aesthetic perspective that takes appropriation of compositive resources found in the Paracas garments. This line of work was developed since 2002, and it constitutes my professional art degree thesis showed at 80m2 gallery.

With the intention to achieve a greater accuracy in these comments, a specific building or a noticeable process of each district was tried to be determined. In this case, it was selected the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) among historic buildings of Lima downtown area (Cercado de Lima). This selection responded to the intention of address the state of misgovernment that the author identifies on the streets and public spaces of the capital city where he moves, use the public space and lives. It is a statement which mean to be ironic and critical.

To draw up this piece of art, advice and sources were sought that gave feedback to the author about the historical building, revealing to him the recentness of this emblematic construction, engraved into the collective imaginary of many inhabitants of this city and perhaps also of other Peruvian localities.

In the upper elongated rotating drawing both government palaces were drawn, the 1935-1938 previous palace and the present Palacio de Gobierno. In these artworks, architectural details were sought to be mixed with animal allusions, such as fangs and snakes. This interest to mix the drawings – of urban theme and symmetric arrangement referring to Paracas cape syntax- with subconscious spontaneous toughts reflects the wish of introduce spontaneous expressions into an structured artistic (?) proposal. Another statement of this wish is manifested in the unreasoned phrases and words that covers the wood surface of this and previous mobile structures.

In this artwork, a main central desk piece shows sequentially ordered drawings of the building, structure and ornamental details, as well as snake & turkey buzzard icons.

In the lower upside down mobile table drawing, broken pieces of the government palace are represented, and in the middle, a big fangs snout can be seen. On every case the animal figures try to make an allusion to contextual problems as violence, guile, stronger’s outrage, mutual leverage, authority corruption, moral break down and human servility.

The artwork have a diptych constituted as the side doors of the structure, and four other pieces were also made, two of them are inside a moving drawer and the others have been placed on the side doors, so they drawings executed by both sides can be observed.

Visitors are welcomed to make textual and/or graphic statements about government palace and the government authorities performance concerning social, politic and economic conditions that we Peruvians together are developing as a community.

Gustavo Emé

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