Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann

Colectivo, 2012-2014

Excerpt from artist talk at Corkin Gallery, April 30, 2014


Latin-American modernity is a hybrid: urban and rural identities are influenced by technological and economic impacts from developed countries, even while the different cultures remain relatively uninformed about each other. From this arise seemingly strange adaptations.

American cars from the 1970s have traditionally been celebrated for their connotations of freedom and are one of the most iconic symbols of Western cultural values. However, in regions of Peru and many other Latin-American countries, these cars have been given a completely different role: they are used as an unofficial means of public transportation, travelling through villages and towns where most buses prefer not to stop. Once the cars are full of fares, the vehicles travel the long distances between villages, making public the private space of the car interior.


Marroquín examines Peruvian cultural adaptation as a localized interpretation of modernity rather than a failure or misunderstanding of it, focusing on how individuals actively mold objects and adapt their use to suit the particular needs of a social environment.


Andrés Marroquín was born in Peru and now resides in Germany. He studied Science of Communication at the “Universidad de Lima” (2000-2003). In 2005 he started his photography studies at the FAS, Fotografie am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin and he continued his career at the Ostkreuzschule fur Fotografie und Gestalltung where he graduated in 2009.



Andrés’ work has been invited to numerous group and solo exhibitons around the world, including the 06. Berlin Kunstsaloon, Italian Photofestival of Savignano, F-Stop Festival in Leipzig, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie and Fotosommer Stuttgart 2010, Arroniz Contemporaneo in Mexico, Kunst.Licht Gallery in Shanghai, 980 Galeria in Colombia and Galleria Contemporaneo in Venice. 


In 2012 he co-funded “Meier und Müller”, a publishing project for Artists Books that specialize on books that reflect the artists’ vision, both in quality and design. In 2013 he started teaching at the Centro de la Imagen in Lima, Peru.