Ximena Lama was born in Bolivia and grew up in Santiago de Chile. In 2004 she moved to Switzerland and in 2021 returned with her Family to Santiago de Chile. Although she has completed her studies with the Master of Business Administration from the University of Bern, her passion has always been thevisual arts. With her current exhibitions, she now dares to leap to the public eye with her own art and thus allows the viewer to take a look at herself.
Part of herartistic process is to be inspired by the endless fund of press and advertising as you browse through magazines. Sometimes she has a particularvision for a collage and then looks for suitable elements for it. Often, however, spontaneous ideas shape her creative work, she chooses what she addresses, what moves something in her or reminds her of something. A crucial role in the design of their collages plays the subconscious, which manifests itself in the course of the creative process and urges for materialization.
In her collages, she processes searched and incidentally found, designed events and more or less intuitive ones. Material is recombined, single images are used to create new images and new details and details are highlighted. The aesthetics of the materials, i.e. Colors, shapes, texture and contrast are important factors. In terms of content, her collages deal with topics such as the past, longing for the past, diversity of society, consumer society as well as gender resp. the role of the woman.
With her collages, Ximena Lama wants to sensitize the viewer and introduce him to a confrontation with our world today. The various cultural influences of her personal background are also noticeable in her collages: The encounter with the Arab culture in Lama's earliest childhood -her paternal grandparents, of whom she was often visiting -are Palestinians -and her Latin American roots as well as the influences of the European Culture are clearly noticeable in their pictures.
In Shamed, for example, the destroyed buildings, presumably war ruins, the stone tomb, a soldier from the back, and two black-veiled persons in the lower left of the picture, remind one of the harsh reality of the Middle East conflict. Misery, war, destruction that stretches for years. Whatremains is the yearning for peace. The topic past resp. For example, we encounter the yearning for the past in Say goodbye, where it brings life back to objects from bygone eras, when technology was not so advanced. The collage Old Habits or Postcard is to be regarded as a reminiscence of the past, of the aesthetics of the ancient scriptures, of old stories being told.
The theme of "woman" is taken up by Lama in various pictures, such as in Rosarote Welt or in the installation Pink Lady, where she shows gender-specific objects, all in pink shades. Pink as supposedly feminine color is certainly one of the most controversial colors of the present. Like no other, it has become a political issue. Stylized by the toy and fashion industry, on the one hand, as a cute girl's color, today feminist movements claim pink and pink, respectively, as a strong color of femininity and independence in their own righ
Andrea Bauer_Historiadora del Arte
... my art wanders between the then and the now, seeking unification through the continuity of the image and stops to focus on detail. It represents a subjective reality of society, of human behavior and its environment; a reality that is subject to consciousness. And this emotion materializes through the plane and the volume, the paper and the stoneware.
I am inspired by the beauty of the material: its color, texture and shape. Women inspire me as well as contrast and poetry. In this way, my works points the viewer towards new worlds, worlds that are not very distant because finally we are all part of them.
06-30.03.23_ upcoming exhibition "Ever Changing"_Council of Europe_ Strassburg_France
20.-30.12.22_upcomig exhibition_"Retorno"_Fundación Cultural de Providencia_Santiago Chile
20-21.08.22_ArtStgo_Santiago de Chile
10.06.2021 _ Boesner Art Gallery_Switzerland
11-13.09.20_ FatArt_ Schaffhausen_Switzerland
29.06.19_Kunst-rendevous der anderen Art_ Kulturpunkt_Bern_Switzerland
14.06.19_Pink Tax Station_Kornhausplatz_Bern_Switzerland
21.03.19_Collagen “Zwischen Sehnsucht und Gegenwart”_“Erlesen”Progr_Bern_Switzerland
08.06.19_Street art NYC_Bern_Switzerland
19.01.19_Who cares?_Tour de Lorraine_Bern_Switzerlan
"For the women's strike, the artist converted a toi toi toilet into a colorful exhibition space in which she addressed gender stereotypes as the basis for equal treatment. The forty-year-old grew up in Chile, and today she works in Bern-frequently on collages"
"Ambiguous parallel worlds
Grown up in Bolivia and Chile, Ximena Lama, who lives in Switzerland, is inspired in her collages by materials, textures, contrasts and magazine images from the past and the present. This results in colorful pararellwelten full of multitudinous messages"
"her collages, installations and sculptures give me a sense of clarity that I wish after seeing an art exhibition"
19.03.19_Nora Osayuki Osagiobare_Bernese cultural agenda