EL PLACER ES MÁS IMPORTANTE QUE LA VICTORIA is the new exhibition hosted by Tasneem Gallery.

Curated by Miguel A. López, with the participation of 13 artists. The exhibition takes a new look at the debate revolving around the main stereotypes in Peru today. The exhibition shows some of the processes that have taken place in Peru over the last few decades following the breakdown of the cultural isolation and the arrival of a somewhat tenuous democracy, which has been affected by a civil war; the consequences of a dictatorship, and where today there are apparently some signs of social stability and economic well-being.

As described by Miguel A. López: “EL PLACER ES MÁS IMPORTANTE QUE LA VICTORIA is thus a fragmentary and partial catalyst of those feverish levels of exaltation and tragedy: the unexpected coming together of the aesthetics of enjoyment and the signs of celebration, all this is in contrast with the gloomy allegories and melancholy of former days that still affect our society today. Some of the pieces, in a variety of ways, draw attention to and examine the possibilities of image and the body, replacing the military rhetoric with an air of enjoyment and fun. While others are clear reflections of the frenzy and decadence, but which can also be taken for the disrespect of a body which refuses to remain the same. The aesthetics are also symptoms of the social schizophrenia that involves moving simultaneously through landscapes of pleasure and disillusionment. The exhibition is a preliminary trip through some of the spoils of the global party to which the country is trying to be a privileged guest (…)”.

This new collective exhibition hosted by Tasneem Gallery and sponsored by ARACARI, again reflects the Gallery´s profile to date, exploring questions related to ideas of identity, cultural fragmentation, post-colonialism, historical development and social integration strategies. The exhibition catalogue has two essays: one written by Miguel A. López and the other by the art critic Sharon Lerner who makes a commentary on the exhibition in the context of contemporary Peruvian art. The participating artists are: José Luis Martinat, Ishmael Randall Weeks, Eliana Otta, Harry Chavez, Pablo Patrucco, Natalia Revilla, Giuseppe Campuzano, Camila Rodrigo, José Vera Matos, Alfredo Márquez, Gilda Mantilla, Santiago Quintanilla y Juan Javier Salazar.