Karen Pazán (1975) was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, lived in Colombia in the 1980s and has lived in Chile for more than twenty years. Her studies were carried out at the prestigious Universidad de Chile, she has a diploma in Project Design for Culture and dedicates part of her time to teaching. Her work has been presented at international fairs and biennials in Latin America and the United States.
Her childhood has been steeped in the “Latin American imaginary”, that of large families, the grandmother as the main figure, religion as a trait of thought, a grandfather who carved baroque church doors, among other fascinating stories that she herself tells. Her historical context and landscape were surrounded by a very rich visuality, Cuenca, her hometown, is a small colonial city with all the Inca legacy very present and the miscegenation process originated from the biological and cultural crossroads of the Spanish conquerors and settlers. with the natives of the place.
The work “Heme aquí sin cuerpo y sin voz” is a feminist work, where women's bodies respond to the aesthetics of consumerism and where they are doubly slaves by merging with appliances. Bodies trapped by everyday life in spaces that become uncomfortable, places within their own homes that cause discomfort and deep boredom. "A silenced body can scream in this work that it doesn’t want to be there."
“My work develops a poetics that reflects on identity, in the global context, digital photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations created from the Latin American imaginary, the sublime contrasts and the tension between fantasy and reality, present in the mixture of its landscape, migration, uprooting, death, love, childhood. Dialectical exercises between universal history and local stories, history of fashion and the naked body, history of art and pre-Columbian art. I am interested in the vertex between European visuality and pre-Hispanic codices, the one that links Latin American baroque and artisanal manufacturing.” Karen Pazán.