Anamaria McCarthy
Invited artist

13.06.07 30.06.07

Anamaría McCarthy is an American-Peruvian photographer who for more than 20 years has explored, through the nude and self-portrait, metaphors of the human condition. Four books and more than 20 individual projects endorse her plural view of the fragility and complexity of the corporeal.

During her residency in ´ace the artist found a favorable environment to create and produce La Colmena, a new project that involved female artists from Argentina, Mexico, and Spain who were at the time doing an international project of Self-Portraits in ‘ace. Subsequently, the La Colmena project was part of the official exhibitions of Nosotros, ustedes, ellos in the prestigious Festival of Light / XV Open Encounters 2008 in Buenos Aires.


Anamaria McCarthy’s photographic work revolves around events in her personal life, as well as in the Peruvian socio-political context. Facts such as the Peruvian internal armed conflict, the death of her parents, her separation, the need for self-knowledge and the constant search for an identity are essential pillars to understand her work.

In 1992 there was an attack in Tarata Street -where the artist had her studio- when two car bombs loaded with dynamite exploded in the heart of Miraflores in the city of Lima, Peru. The attack, carried out by the terrorist group Sendero Luminoso, was part of a larger campaign of attacks in the city of Lima during the time of terrorism. She had left for New York the day before but had been present in another attack, in 1987, the explosion of another car bomb at the Larco Avenue Credit Bank Agency, just a few meters from the apartment in Tarata Street. As the artist states: “My work is my life and my life is my work (…) each phase of my life has marked my work” and “… the force that drives my work is pain: from Tarata, from the loss of my parents, of a son. Of many things that in the 90s were difficult and complicated. ” The same artist organizes the different stages of her life according to these personal states: gaze / reflection, absence / loss, memory / nostalgia, loneliness / separation, rebirth / transcending, change / permanence and finally completeness / integrity.

In 2011 Anamaria published her first photography book titled: Body memory edited in Barcelona by Blume (Spain) and Peisa Editions (Peru). Her second book McCarthy body photography, that is focused mainly on self-portrait, was edited in 2002 in Santiago de Chile, Chile, by the Experimental Workshop Cuerpo Pintado, directed by Roberto Edwards.

Anamaria McCarthy
1955 | Born in Glen Cove, New York, USA.
Since 1973 | Lives in Lima, Peru.
She began her studies in sculptural ceramics.
Since 1987 | She dedicates to photography.

2006 | Shadows of light, Paredes Candía Museum. El Alto, Bolivia.
2005 | Ego simila, Cultural Center of San Marcos. Lima, Peru.
2004 | The generation of the eighties, ICPNA. Lima, Peru.
2003 | Painted Bodies, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
2002 | Spilling of Life: Albert Chong, Luis González Palma and Anamaría McCarthy, Salinas Art Center. Kansas, USA.
2002 | Indoor / Outdoor, University of Texas. San Antonio, Texas, USA.

1998 | 1st Honorable Mention, 1st Biennial of Photography in San Juan. Puerto Rico.
1991 | Medal Hall, 50th International Photographic Salon of Japan. Tokyo, Japan.

1999 | PhotoEspaña, Casa de América. Madrid, Spain.
1998 | I Biennial of Photography of San Juan. Puerto Rico.
1996 | Photoseptember Image Center. Mexico.
1996 | FotoFest Houston. Texas, USA.

2006 | VII Biennial of Havana. Cuba.
2006 | II Biennial of Lima. Peru.
1997 | VI Biennial of Havana. Cuba.
1998 | I Biennial of Photography of San Juan. Puerto Rico.
1997 | VI Biennial of Havana. Cuba.
1995 | XI San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Engraving. Puerto Rico.

2001 | Memory of the body Photographs by Anamaría McCarthy, co-edition by Blume / Peisa, Prologue: José Miguel Oviedo. Printed in Barcelona, ​​Spain.
Body Photography by McCarthy, Foreword: Ed Shaw. Edition: Experimental Workshop Painted Bodies. Santiago de Chile, Chile.

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International Projects

Artists in dialogue

13.06.07 30.06.07

The artist Anamaria McCarthy dedicates herself to photography exploring metaphors about the human condition through the nude and self-portrait, exposing both its fragility and complexity, from its own embodiment. Thus, she uses her body as a support to portray the existential condition of women and the political-social circumstances that surround her.

In 2007, the artist traveled to Buenos Aires as a guest artist within the International Residency Program during the International Self Portraits Project, which in its 3rd edition was held at Proyecto´ace in Argentina. In this context, she meets a group of women artists from different countries who had traveled to produce their self-portraits within this international project. In these circumstances, the artist establishes links that will become a new project related to the theme of portrait-self-portrait, long explored in her work. McCarthy invited each of the artists to make a work using the skin of their own back as a canvas, while she, in turn, intervened and photographed the artists’ backs. Metaphorically similar, in concept and in the way of constructing visual discourse, to the cells of a honeycomb, this collective work was finally called La Colmena.

In this way, La Colmena (Beehive)is a collaborative creation project that brings together pairs of portraits in which Anamaría’s body is related, in some way, to the body of the artist whose skin intervened, and also with the artists they left behind. its imprint on Anamaría’s back. This double semantic game resulted in a polyphonic work that expresses the voices and bodies of the artists who participated in the project. La Colmena was part of the official exhibitions of We, you, they , Festival de la Luz / XV Open Encounters 2008 in Buenos Aires.

Related artists

An Anamaria McCarthy´s project
together with:

Adriana Acosta (Argentina) | Romina Biglieri (Argentina)
Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Mariela Constant (Argentina)
Silvia Crespi (Argentina) | Shaila Patricia de la Fuente (México)
Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Laura Romero (Spain)
Cleo Wilkinson (Australia) | Valeria Zamparolo (Argentina)
Viva (Peru), the artist´s daughter
Mercedes Maciel, from ´ace team.

´aceNITE, Encounters, Exhibitions

We, You, They
XV Open Get Togethers - Festival of Light


International Projects, Workshops

[Beehive] the making of…
Anamaria McCarthy

13.06.07 30.06.07

The work around Beehive (by Anamaría McCarthy)

The community of bees –the organization of their hives– is a classic benchmark for political theorists to describe models of organization of human society. In particular, I was always impressed by the behavior of the bees expressed in that particular language of the dance that consists of a personal choreography of the mother bee while searching for its location within the hive.

In 2007, at the Proyecto´ace in Buenos Aires, I offered a workshop on self-portrait. By a wonderful coincidence, I came face to face with a very diverse group of international artists—all women. After many years of working on the nude and self-portrait using my body as a support, I ventured to propose to them to share a unique experience, for them and for me. The project consisted not only of expressing themselves as painter or recorder self-portrait, after exploring their own hidden voices through unaccustomed means, but also expressing their language on a new medium… my skin. In turn, I photographically recorded their naked bodies.

Like some bees, we organize ourselves harmoniously in personal and private sessions, to privilege trust and maximize inspiration. That experience confirmed the existence of a series of hidden ties originating from our feminine condition. In some way, the expression achieved was realized as one who performs a choreography drawn on the nudity and intimacy of a shared dance… melee. The result of The Hive are the bodies, mine, theirs and ours.

Related artists

BEEHIVE (La Colmena)
An Anamaria McCarthy´s project

Artist in collaboration
Adriana Acosta (Argentina) | Romina Biglieri (Argentina)
Alicia Candiani (Argentina) | Mariela Constant (Argentina)
Silvia Crespi (Argentina) | Shaila Patricia de la Fuente (Mexico)
Adriana Moracci (Argentina) | Laura Romero (Spain)
Cleo Wilkinson (Australia) | Valeria Zamparolo (Argentina)
Viva (Peru), the artist´daughter
Mercedes Maciel (Argentina), from ´ace team

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