Ana De Orbegoso

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PERU, 1964

Ana De Orbegoso is an artist born in Peru whose interdisciplinary artistic practice explores different aspects of the individual or social psyche with popular iconography and situations on stage. Its objective is to confront the viewer with a mirror, to awaken recognition, thought and memory. For the artist, identity and gender are reflections always present in her artistic production.
De Orbegoso is a 2008 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts; grant 2008 by NALAC – National Association of Latino Arts & Culture; has been selected for Descubrimientos Photo España07/09; Interstice Spe Multicultural Caucus (2007); 1st. Biennial of Lima, Peru (1997); National Contest of Women Artists USA , A.I.R. Gallery, NY (1993); Best Photography Annual, Photographer’s Forum, US (1993). Awarded first prize in the 1st. National Photography Salon ICPNA, Lima, Peru (2006) and En Foco New Works Awards, New York, US (2002).
Her “Urban Virgins” decolonization project, uses as its backdrop paintings from the School of Cusco, revised and reinvented to reflect contemporary realities and ideals. Many of the paintings’ characters, backgrounds, and symbols were substituted so as to celebrate the cultural, spiritual and physical diversity of present-day Peru, instead of the conqueror’s ideals.