Cecilia Paredes, 2002, 140 cm x 78 cm, performance registered in photography, © 2002, courtesy of Daniel Yankelewitz Collection, Costa Rica and the artist.
Cecilia Paredes is a Peruvian performance artist and photographer whose dramatic transformations are inspired by social and environmental concerns. In a powerful body of work that combines human expression with the beauty of the natural world, Paredes assumed the appearance of various animals with the use of body paint, natural materials and props. Against the backdrop of striking sets, Parades transformed herself into a variety of creatures including the armadillo, scarlet macaw, fish, shrimp and octopus. She captures the beauty and vulnerability of the animal kingdom in her captivating performances, and documents them in vivid photographs. As witnesses of her transformations, we experience the world through the eyes of our fellow creatures and feel the stress of human choices upon their well-being. Armed with fleeting visions of a life in their skin, will we reconsider our attitudes towards these noble beings?
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Cecilia Paredes, 2007, 100 cm x 100 cm, performance registered in photography, © 2007, courtesy of Nicholas Reise Collection, Sao Paulo and the artist.
Cecilia Paredes, 2008, 100 cm x 100 cm, performance registered in photography, © 2008, courtesy of Central Bank Museum, Costa Rica and the artist.
Cecilia Paredes, 2004, 120 cm x 120 cm, performance registered in photography, © 2004, courtesy of Alexandra Cohen Collection, Panama and the artist