Friday, 13 March 2009
JUNGLE URBAN: PSICOTROPIC ART FROM THE JUNGLES OF PERU
Not to be confused with the urban jungle - this neon aesthetic movement has flourished from the cities in the jungles of Peru. Celebrating tropicalism and chaos, contemporary artists have begun to elaborate on an already rich popular aesthetic.
Within the images you are thrown into a world of luxurious fruits, of opulent naked women, of myths and legends, where wild animals appear to feast on the riches of the jungle. Some of the artists say they use Ayahuasca –a Hallucinogenic vine– to provide them with galactic visions.
Painters such as José Asunción Araújo and Christian Bendayan, prior to becoming established artists both decorated discothèques and brothels in the Jungle capital of Iquitos. Initially frowned upon as vulgar the established galleries of Lima and abroad are beginning to take notice.
Currently at the Spanish Cultural Centre in Lima.