(July 3 – August 15, 2009)

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Oil on canvas, 86 x 200 cm., 2009

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition LUZ by the renowned artist CHRISTIAN BENDAYÁN, next Friday, July 3. Christian Bendayán (Iquitos, 1973). A self-taught artist, he has held numerous solo and group shows in Peru and abroad, including: XXXIII (Arequipa, Lima, 2007); retrospective (Lima, 2003); and Tropical (Lima,2001).He has represented Peru at the Sao Paolo Biennale (Valencia, Spain, 2007) and the Mercosur Biennale (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2001). In 2004, his work was included in the show “Pintura Peruana Contemporánea del Siglo XX” (“Contemporary Peruvian Painting of the Twentieth Century”) in Seville, Spain. He exhibited as part of “Resistencias” (“Resistences”) at the Casa de América in Madrid (2001). He won First Prize in the National Passport for an Artist Contest organized by the French Embassy in Peru (2000), as well as receiving the Premio Luces for the Best Solo Show given out by the newspaper El Comercio (2007). LUZ (LIGHT) brings together seven large paintings made this year, which form part of a series dedicated to the idea of the fleeting nature of life and the ephemeral passage of the human being from gestation to death, as well as his relationship with the different rites connected to these stages. Bendayán portrays scenes that, if taken on an isolated basis, could very well be the social reality that we see around us every day. Viewed as a whole, however, they tell a story through reflection and questioning: does each individual ultimately follow his own north star and choose the end of his story? As in all of his production, Bendayán once again reflects on artistic trends in mass production in Peru, specifically with regard to the tradition of the so-called mono or illuminated photograph, which is used as a basis for some of the works on display here. This solo show also includes the participation of special guests from other disciplines, who complement the discourse offered by LIGHT, including: the author Daniel Alarcón, who has written a story especially for this occasion, and who also has a text in the catalogue; and the violinist Pauchi Sasaki and Tres Americas Ensemble, who have composed and performed the musical intervention that can be heard in the different rooms. A video installation will be presented in cooperation with Carlos Sánchez Giraldo. The exhibition may be viewed through August 15, Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.