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Ishmael Randall Weeks

Lives in Lima, Peru

Born 1976, Cusco, Peru

Visual Artist

My work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, works on paper and recently video. In these works, issues of urbanization, transformation, regeneration, escape, collapse and nomadic existence have been predominant. The foundation of this work lies in the alteration of found and recycled materials and environmental debris, often on site, that includes such source materials as books and printed matter, empty tins, old tires, bicycles, boat parts and building construction fragments. These materials are often altered to create architectural spaces or conveyances - carts, cranes, carriages--that potentially could have a use and/or movement but where the possibility of that utility is refused (in an economically productive sense) in favor of an allegorical narrative within a personal and shared cultural vocabulary.

2000 B.A. honors, Bard College


2010 Maquette For Landscape, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy

2010 Un muro de Tochos Arroniz Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico

2010 Aun sin Titulo II, La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru

2010 Aun sin Titulo I, Revolver Gallery, Lima, Peru

2009 Ishmael Randall Weeks Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2009 Trofeo Zona Maco Sur, Mexico DF (curated by Adriano Pedrosa)

2008 Refugio. Galeria Lucia de La Puente, Lima, Peru

2006 Estructuras, Simulacros, Galeria German Kruger Espantoso, Lima, Peu

2004 Rocoq, rocoq, pultin, Match Art Space, New York

2004 Terra Funga, Casa de Cultura, Cusco, Peru

2000 Essentially Linear, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York


2011 Bruma, 20 Hoxton Square Gallery, London (Organized by Revolver Gallery)

2010 Greater New York, MoMA PS1, NYC (curators: Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler, and Neville Wakefield

2010 Lush Life, Collette Blanchard Gallery, NYC (Curators: Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Franklin Evans)

2009 Slash: Paper under the knife, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA (curator: David McFarden)

2009 10th Havana Bienal, Havana, Cuba (national selection)

2008 Al Natural, Dibujo Nuevo. Sala Raul Porras Barrenechea, Lima, Peru

2008 La Construccion del Lugar Comun. Contemporary Art Museum, Lima, Peru

2007 10º 00 S. 76º 00 W. Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2007 Popular-Pop. Lima Art Museum (MALI), Lima, Peru (curated by Rodrigo Quijano)

2007 Isla. Open Space, ARTE BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007 Nomade. IX Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (national selection)

2007 Legado Para el Futuro: The Permanent Collection 2005-2007, Lima Art Museum (MALI), Lima, Peru

2006 Arte y Urbe. National Museum, Lima, Peru

2006 EO IPSO. Match Art Space, New York, USA

2006 Cambios Estructurales. Museum of San Marcos, Lima, Peru

2005 Viceversa, Match Art Space, New York

2005 Vitaminas, Impromptu Gallery, Trujillo, Peru

2005 Noche de Arte, National Museum, Lima, Peru

2004 Frei Raume, Frei Still, e.v. Art Space, Berlin

2003 On wheels, Vermont Studio Art Center, Vermont

2000 Constellation, Fisher Arts Center, New York


2008 Art Matters Foundation Award

2008 Kiosko Art Residency, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

2008 Sculpture Space Residency

2007 Honorary Mention IX Cuenca Bienal, Ecuador, 2007

2007 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2005/6 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant

2003 Vermont Studio Art Center Fellowship

2000 Bard College Project Grant

1998 Touraine Institute Residency, Tour, France

Year Awarded 2006
Category Visual Arts
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