First solo exhibition in Argentina of Peruvian artist Ana Teresa Barboza (Lima, 1981), in which the time and materials of the artisan work are interwoven with the territory and its communities. The exhibition brings together fourteen works from Barboza's recent production, condensing several recurring elements in his work. Three pieces were made especially for the exhibition, among them Quebradas que forman redes (2022), conceived as a site-specific for the triple height of Malba.
Ana Teresa Barboza makes art you want to touch to discover its different textures: cotton threads, wool, stones, reeds. Her work’s colors, materials, and forms are tied to traditional Peruvian textiles, which themselves attest to the close relationship between local communities and the natural environment. All of the works in Tejer las piedras were produced during the last five years.
They capture a number of elements that recur in Barboza’s art: observation of the landscape; interest in nature and its accidents, as well as in networks of social relations in the context of textile making; and the community ties at play in the materials she uses in her art. Her textiles and needlework evidence the family and cultural memories of the communities with which she works, whether on the coastal stretch of Peru—“El Paraíso” wetland in particular—or in the Andean region.
Barboza does not attempt to make perfect stitches or a postcard image, but rather to render variations of the landscape that arise from an unusual use of materials: weaves on hydrological maps that show the water that is no longer there; stones that breathe thread; photographs woven into tapestries. The natural environment makes itself felt in her particular relationship with the unfinished: her works—like nature itself—are always in process; they can change at any point.
In her tapestries and needlework, Ana Teresa Barboza explores age-old practices. She heeds both their solitary, private, and reflexive dimension and their collective and community facet as a way of inhabiting a territory and of embracing its traditions.
Curator: Verónica Rossi. Images: Ana Teresa Barboza and Rafael Freyre, Canastas unidas and Hilo continuo (2017).