María María Acha-Kutscher
Visual artist. Born in Peru in 1968. Lives in Madrid and works globally.
Co-directs with Tomás Ruiz-Rivas the experimental art project Antimuseo and is editor of the CIIA's independent art magazine. Since her arrival in Spain she has been linked to the independent art scene and has been involved in the debates on cultural policies in Madrid.
The main focus of her work is woman. Her story, the struggles for emancipation and equality, and the cultural construction of femininity. Her work does not adhere to any particular language or style, nor is it identified with specific techniques or formats. Acha-Kutscher organizes her work in long-term projects, and for each one develops a unique language and methodology. She defines herself as feminist, because of the political dimension of her work that plays a dual role: it is an artistic product in itself and also an instrument covers a social need and also contributes to political transformations.
One of her most recent projects is HERSTORYMUSEUM, an imaginary museum that, through its collection and curatorial programme, develops a rhizomatic and non-hierarchical narrative about the creative women of the 20th century. Its collections are composed of images based on a visual language close to the pictogram.
Acha-Kutscher has been received grants from Madrid City Council, Community of Madrid and Ministry of culture of Government of Spain, Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla León-MUSAC, and prizes for her work such as, EAC 2012 prize–Juan Gil-Albert Alicantino Institute (Spain); Special Mention, Cortes de Cádiz Awards 2012 (Spain); Acquisition prize Mulier Mulieris-Museum of the University of Alicante (Spain); Acquisition prize XVI Biennial of Photography-Centro de la Imagen, 2014 (Mexico); Acquisition prize Arte en Valla, Rivas Vaciamadrid City Council, 2015 (España), among others.
Her work has been shown at: Gallery-Cultural Center of the University of Lima (Peru), Inca Garcilaso Cultural Center (Peru), Casa de América (Spain), Casa Vecina (Mexico), Image Center (Mexico), Fototeca de Nuevo león (México), FotoMuseo Cuatro Caminos (México), WORLD WOMAN (Noruega), Museum of the University of Alicante (Spain), Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos (Spain), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander y Cantabria (Spain), CentroCentro (Spain), Haifa Museum of Art (Israel), M.A.C.L.A (EE.UU.), The Fed Galleries at KCAD (EE.UU.), among others.
Her work has been part of institucional and private collections such as, Museum of the University of Alicante (Spain), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Santander y Cantabria (Spain), Juan Gil-Albert Culture Institute (Spain), Image Center (Mexico), Juan Mulder collection (Peru), among others.
In 2019 her solo exhibition entitled Fluxus Feminis took place in the LZ46 space at Freijo Gallery in Madrid.