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Lucía Pizzani / Cesta Básica



Cesta Básica (2016), is a series of photograms made from different types of basic groceries listed by the Venezuelan government as the most essential items for a family’s monthly survival. Paradoxically, the country’s current supply crisis means that the value of one full cesta básica is now equivalent to 18 minimum wages, resulting in widespread hunger and child undernourishment.

In Lucía Pizzani’s photographs, these foods have a certain spectral presence, appearing almost as impalpable objects of adoration and desire that constantly evade our grasp. Often bearing no identifiable resemblance with the original object, each composition in the piece is carefully constructed with the intention of rendering these images almost abstract, and they achieve a surrealistic quality that is reinforced by the choice of a technique traditionally associated with this artistic movement.

 – From text by Kiki Mazzucchelli, for Lucía Pizzani’s current solo exhibition Descent at House of Egorn (Berlin), showing until Februrary 25th, 2017.


About the artist:

Lucía Pizzani born in Caracas, (1975) lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Communications Studies, (Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Caracas), Certificate in Conservation Biology from CERC at Columbia University (New York) and Master in Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design (London). Recent awards and residencies include: Photofusion Hotshoe Award 14, (London, 2014) the Emerging Artist Award by the AICA, International Art Critics Association -Venezuelan chapter-, (Caracas, 2013), and the XII Premio Eugenio Mendoza (Caracas, 2013) with a following Residency at Hangar (Barcelona). 

She has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as Sala Mendoza (Caracas), House of Egorn (Berlin), Cecilia Brunson Projects (London), Oficina#1 (Caracas),Queens Museum (NY), MOLAA Museum Of Latin American Art (LA), Jacobo Borges Museum (Caracas), Stephen Lawrence Gallery (London), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, MARCO (Vigo) and Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), among others. Her works is represented in private and public collections such as the Essex Collection for Art from Latin America ESCALA, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, CPPC, Museum Of Latin American Art, MOLAA, Colección Banco Mercantil and Colección Juan Yarur.