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 in Business Administration from the University of Bern, her passion has always been the visual 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 her artistic process is to be inspired by the endless fund of press and advertising as you browse through magazines. Sometimes she has a particular vision 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.
... 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
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