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Biography

Alejandra Gutierrez Ballón (Arequipa, Peru 1975) is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the Department of Social Anthropology and Ethnology of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and has a Master degree from the CCC Research-based Master programme (Critical Curatorial Cybermedia Studies), Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). The Peruvian research based artist has promoted research from these centres that interrelates the social, cultural and political criticism.

Ballón has participated in exhibitions and critical projects both personally and collaboratively. Her visual and written work has been published in several books and magazines in the international art world. Her art works include different artistic disciplines: installation, drawing, music, performance, painting and new media. Among his solo exhibitions: "Bloody Office" Bateau Rouge, Kugler Federation of Artists, Geneva [2010]; "Políticas del display" [e]Star Gallery, Lima [2009] and Museum of Contemporary Art in Arequipa [2011]; "Schwarzlicht" Temps residency program, Berlin [2007]; "Ediciones Cemento" Forum Gallery, Lima [2004]; "Línea Victoria" Site Museum Parque Reducto Nº 2, Lima [2003] and "Paradojas" Forum Gallery, Lima [2002].

Her research and artistic practice focuses since 2010 around social issues of public health and women's rights in Peru (1996-2000). She is founder and editor of the editorial project "PNSRPF 1996-2000" and since 2011 an active member of the research team "Raíces y Alas" both projects are on gender and human rights. That same year, she was vice-president of the Kugler Federation of Artists (FAK, Geneva), which brings together six artists associations under one roof. Currently research associate of the French Institute of Andean Studies (IFEA, Lima) and a collaborator of the Institute in Support of the Rural Women's Autonomous Movement (IAMAMC, Peru). Ballón is also a member of the research team "Grupo Memoria" of the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP, Lima) and is the author of several studies that examine the social from the artistic practice.

Since April 2012 she founded and directed the project "INCA. National Research Art and Critics". For that matter, she received the "Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development" (Holland).

Currently teaching at the Faculty of Arts of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). She lives in Lima and works between the various regions of the country and Europe.