ABOUT

Cesar Cornejo is an interdisciplinary artist and activist, whose work deals with the relationship between art, architecture and society. He has been influenced by the experience of living and working in Peru, Japan, England and the U.S. He is the founder of Puno MoCA.

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NEWS, ongoing and upcoming events

ZK/U Openhaus

Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Openhaus event featuring works by resident artists.
Date: January 24th 2019, 7:00 PM. 

Address: Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlin.

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Time, Space and Process Group Exhibition

Based on the book: by Kenneth Steinbach's new book Creative Practices for Visual Artists, Time, Space and Process, and curated by Michelle Wingard, from October 8 to December 16, at Bethel University Gallery, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112.

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The University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artists and Scholars Series, 2018-2019

STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. Art and Social Justice, Lecture: When Making Art is Not Enough, approaches to socially engaged art and Andean Reciprocity.  January 17, 2019, 5:30 PM  |  Center for Creative Photography, Rm 108.

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Bellagio Center Residency

Bellagio Center - The Rockefeller Foundation, Residency, May 2019, Italy.

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ZK/U Residency - Berlin

Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Residency November 2018 to April 2019, Berlin, Germany.

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Howard Fellowship

George and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture, 2018, project: Somber Monuments.

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The Project for the Puno Museum of Contemporary Art is a project by Peruvian artist Cesar Cornejo that redefines the traditional conception of Museum, to transform it into an institution based in the community both administratively and resource wise.

Sculpture

Trepanations

Works that are inspired on the trepanations carried out the old Peruvian culture Paracas, which was also known for elongating the skulls of their elite classes. It raises awareness about social issues in Latin America, where large migration overpopulate the capital cities, enlarging the administrative heads of their countries.

Urban Mountains

Mixed media works that represent the instability of the foundations on which contemporary societies are built upon.

Retablos

Mixed media based on the traditional colonial wood reliefs found all across Latin America. They portray major museum buildings in the process of transforming to shanty towns. 

From Puno MoCA

Sculptures based on the concept of the Puno MoCA project, they explore the relation between museums of contemporary art and  low income neighborhoods. They are made of ceramics and polished aluminum. 

Sculpting the Canvas

Sculptures that explore the relationship between painting and sculpture, with particular interest on their ability to transform our perception of the public space through ephemeral interventions.

Stud Farms

Works that raise awareness about the decision by Florida State Universities to build on campus branches of a company that ignore the rights of the tomato farmers in that state. It raises questions about the example that we are giving students who are taught at those institutions. 

INSTALLATION

Florida Prize Exhibition

Interactive installation included in the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Exhibition, at the Orlando Museum of Art. It portrayed the Puno Museum of Contemporary Art and it also included mixed media works. 

Puno MoCA at Galeria Lucia de la Puente

Interactive installation featuring the project Puno MoCA, replicas of a room from a house in Puno were recreated, one in raw state and the other conditioned as a gallery space. It featured sculptures, paintings and photos. Galeria Lucia de la Puente, Lima 2010.

Museumorphosis

Work that explores the relationship between museums and underserved urban areas, the work represented a shanty town and on top of the roofs lays the photo of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, which is only visible as a reflection on a mirror suspended on top of the installation. Contemporary Art Museum of the University of South Florida.

Puno MoCA at LMCC

Interactive installation introducing the project Puno MoCA, it included photos, models, videos and texts. It was presented at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Residency, New York 2007. 

The Labyrinth

Interactive installation based on concepts of Zen architecture and the book in Praise of the Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. People are able to walk through the piece interacting with each other. It was made while attending the PhD in Fine Arts program at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, 2003.

Guachimali

Interactive installation made in the room of the custodian of an empty house. The room was repaired to please the custodians expectations and a second floor was built where a gallery was created. Galeria Lucia de Puente, 15 Anniversary Exhibition, Lima 2009.

Amaru

Interactive Installation which represented a snake (Amaru in quechua), which revolved around two installations portraying the Puno MoCA project. It was part of the exhibition “Vacio Museal” Curated by Gustavo Buntinx, MAC Lima, Lima- Peru, 2016.

XII Havana Biennial

Puno MoCA installation at a private home in Casa Blanca, Havana, Cuba, made for the XII Havana Biennial. The piece acknowledged the history of the family who used to own four ferryboats that were used to carry people across the bay, until the revolution nationalized them. Havana, Cuba, 2015.

La Cantuta

Homage to nine students and one professor from the National University of Education, “La Cantuta, in Lima, Peru, who were kidnapped and killed by a death squad of the Peruvian Army in 1992. It is also a memorial to all the victims violence during the years of terrorist war in Peru.  Gallery Artco, Lima, 2005.

The Same Old Story

Work that addressed the state of education in Latin America, where the state policies don't seem to match the population needs. It was made with school chairs from schools in Maracaibo, Venezuela and was presented at the V Bienal del Barro, curated by Martin Sanchez. Museo Lia Bermudez, 2004.

Puno MoCA at Art Basel Miami

Interactive installation featuring the the Puno MoCA project and making reference to iconic contemporary art museum architecture. It was  presented as a solo project with Galeria Lucia de la Puente at Art Positions of Art Basel Miami, 2011.

A Private Matter

Solo exhibition that addressed issues related to lack of communication in the family. I used furniture from my family house in Lima. The piece also explored the concept of Anti-Architecture. Presented at the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute Art Gallery in Miraflores, Lima, 2005.

These acrylic on canvas paintings are based on photos of unfinished sheetrock panels taken in different locations internationally. The works raise awareness about the contributions of constructions workers to society, making parallels to Leonardo’s lost mural the Battle of Anghiari, portraying them as artists whose work gets lays hidden under coats of paint. 

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