Art history graduate student curates exhibition at the Embassy of Peru Art Gallery

A Florida State University doctoral candidate in art history has curated an exhibit that will open June 28 at the Embassy of Peru Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Gabriela Germana curated the exhibition “Metal Bodies: Contemporary Peruvian Women Artists,” which showcases the art of 10 contemporary Peruvian women artists who have explored the female form through the medium of metal. The exhibit features the work of Cristina Gálvez, Alina Canziani, Marta Cisneros, Johanna Hamann, Hilda Cachi, Verónica Cachi, Nani Cárdenas, Raura Oblitas, Carolina Rieckhof and Nancy La Rosa.

The show, organized by the Embassy of Peru in the USA, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Perú and the Peru Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, aims to contextualize these artists within the history of contemporary Peruvian art and to show how their innovations have contributed to its development. The exhibit runs through September 16.

Germana specializes in contemporary Andean art with emphasis on the relationship between traditional and indigenous aesthetics and the contemporary global art context. Her dissertation, under the direction of Associate Professor of Art History Michael Carrasco, examines the history of the paintings made by “Sarhuino” artists, both in the 19th-century peasant community of Sarhua and in Lima in the 1970s and the manner in which they have constantly responded to and challenged modern Western aesthetics and knowledge.