Without irony only truths would exist...: Andrés Argüelles Vigo solo exhibition

28 September - 28 October 2021

VIGIL GONZALES is pleased to present Sin la ironía solo existirían verdades, the first solo exhibition of Peruvian artist Andrés Argüelles Vigo (Lima, 1988) at the gallery. This exhibition proposes to approach us to a selection of recent and important works by Argüelles Vigo, although they belong to different series, his constant research on the canons of Western art, decolonization and popular iconography are firm.

  • Andres Argüelles Vigo (Lima, 1988) is a Peruvian artist who, through irony, explores themes that underlie the society he inhabits, such as decolonization, dilemmas within the artistic academy and who can write history. 


    Argüelles Vigo maintains that "irony is a recurrent communicative resource in his work, because that is the only thing that exists. I wonder what else is there but irony to represent reality. For without irony there would only be "truths", a reality where everything is said and nothing is questionable, where nothing contradicts itself and where doubt does not exist. I believe that approaching my work with irony allows me to evidence that we live in a complex, contradictory and absurd world, even more so in the visual representations of our culture that pretend to represent truthful facts and ideas."


  • Within his artistic practice, he evokes the decoloniality as a concrete and critical proposal that can be seen in spaces such as art history and the often westernized academy that surrounds it. Argüelles Vigo says, "Artistic practice can be decolonial because it allows us to deconstruct our culture and make us aware of its causes, which generally come from colonization".

  • His work proposes new looks from the southern hemisphere to an academy of western global art. The importance of local art towards the global ultimately allows to show that it exists in the world, full of nuances and different stories, besides being able to see coincidences in places completely alien to each other. Within this diversity to which he refers, it is possible to open spaces of empathy and tolerance, as well as to question the homogeneities of the market.

  • In his works we can appreciate iconic characters such as kings or subjects that figure within universal history, as well as other characters such as cartoons or others that make up the globalized Peruvian and Latin American visual culture. "The iconographies I take are related to visual materials that are part of my personal history, European painting books that were in my house, cartoons that I saw in my childhood, tourist postcards of Peru, etc."