Ximena Lama was born in Bolivia and grew up in Santiago de Chile. She lives in Switzerland since 2004 and currently lives with her family in Bern. With her current exhibition 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.
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. What remains 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 right.
"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 aspects of society, human behavior and its environment; a representation that goes hand in hand with consciousness. And this emotion materializes through the plane and the volume, the paper and clay.Part of her artistic process is to be inspired by the beauty of the material: it’s color, texture and shape. Women inspire her as well as contrast and poetry. In this way, her works points the viewer towards new worlds, worlds that are not very distant because finally we are all part of them"
"Growing 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 parallel worlds full of messages" 20.03.19_Bernese newspaper
"his 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
1980 in Bolivien geboren, aufgewachsen in Santiago de Chile
und seit 2004 wohnhaft in Bern
2009 MBA _Universität Bern
2016 Freischaffende Künstlerin
19.01.19_Who cares?_Tour de Lorraine_Bern
21.03.19_Collagen “Zwischen Sehnsucht und Gegenwart”
08.06.19_Street art NYC_Bern
14.06.19_Pink Tax Station_Kornhausplatz_Bern
29.06.19_Kunst-rendevous der anderen Art_ Kulturpunkt_Bern
11-13.09.20_ FatArt_ Schaffhausen
_ upcoming Exhibition_Ever Changing_Council of Europe_ Strassburg
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