Miscegination without Paradise
1970 Born in Lima, Peru
Claudia Coca's work provokes a critical reflection on contemporary political and cultural issues like miscegenation, racism, gender and citizenship.
She is a graduate from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes de Peru and the Complementary Baccalaureate in Art at the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos.
Among her individual exhibitions, the highlights are All spaces are contemplated in my kingdom (Suero Project, Pamplona, Spain 2019); Don't say I don't know how to catch the wind (MUNTREF, Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Buenos Aires, 2018); Barbarian Tales - Other Storms (Luis Miró Quesada Garland Room, Lima, 2017) and Barbarian Tales - Nearby Territories (Paseo Gallery, Lima, 2017); Mestiza, Anthology 2000-2014 (MAC, Lima); and, Revealed and Indelible (Museo de Arte de San Marcos, Lima, 2011). Mala Hierba / Yerba Mala was a bi-personal exhibition with the Paraguayan artist Claudia Casarino (Paseo Gallery, Lima, 2020)
She has participated in collective exhibitions such as Alien Nations 2020 (Coral Gable Museum, 2020-2021); Time for change: art and social disorder (El Espacio 23- Jorge Pérez Collection, 2019-2020); Peruvian Artist in Garzón, Campo Space (Uruguay) 2020; Frictions, Centro Cultural Paco Urondo (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019); Between Others, Centro Curtural Córdoba, BienalSur (Argentina, 2019); Frictions, Museo Nacional de Arte; BienalSur (La Paz, Bolivia, 2019); Art and Territory, ICPNA, BienalSur (Lima, Perú, 2019); Frictions, Casa Nacional de la Moneda, BienalSur (Potosí, Bolivia, 2019); Ways of seeing, Centro Cultural de Bellas Artes (Lima, Perú); States in crisis. Exercising citizenship from art (Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, 2018); Cordis, Genre and Emblems of American Baroque, Museo de América de Madrid (Spain, 2014); Trienal de Chile, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago (2009); and the III Biennial of MERCOSUR, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2001).
Her work is part of various collections: Museo Reina Sofía (Spain); MALI Museo de Arte de Lima (Perú); Pérez Art Museum (Miami, USA); MUNTREF, Museos de la Universidad Tres de Febrero (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Museo del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (Lima); MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima (Perú); Museo de Arte de la Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Perú); in addition to private collections in Peru and abroad.
She has been a founding member of the Civil Society Collective (Lima, 2020), the best known action is “Lava la Bandera” (Wash The Flag). Her work has been widely cited and published in texts on art and social studies.
She was invited to the production residency in MUNTREF: Centro de Arte y Naturaleza de Buenos Aires and to the 15vo Encuentro Global Sur (Argentina 2018). She has received the Luces Award 2014 for the Best Retrospective Exhibition, for her Anthological Solo Show Mestiza (MAC-Lima, 2014); the Second Prize of the National Painting Contest of the Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (2009); and a grant from the Third Colloquium on Human Rights in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2003); among other recognitions.