Fernando Bryce

PER (1965). Lives and works in Berlin.


Posguerra Perú, 2013
Drawing installation, ink on paper, 30 (15+15), 35 x 100 cm

Fernando Bryce’s instruments are posters, press clippings, official documents, and political pamphlets. These are the materials which he analyzes, investigates, and groups into series in order to apply them to the canvas in black and white, lending them a prominence that highlights their historical, political, and ideological significance with subtle irony. The synthetic groupings of images end up parodying and questioning the communication media and mass production—more so today with the unlimited reproduction that new technologies have enabled.

Bryce creates a sense of redemption coupled with a quest for a collective historical memory by copying documents that are no longer in circulation. Posguerra Perú (Postwar Peru) is one example of this. This installation presents a selection of works from his series Quo Vadis and El silencio es oro (Silence is golden), specially prepared for exhibition at the #1 Cartagena Biennial.

The images rebuild a specific historical period: Peru between 1945 and 1948, ruled by José Luis Bustamante and Rivero and the National Democratic Front, in an international postwar setting and at the threshold of the Cold War in 1947. The artist seeks to conceptually unite national and international settings through the association of images and discourses. In the words of Rodrigo Quijano, “Drawing is a tool for the immediate and for the fleeting and is an exhumation of dead and forgotten images.”