La Jardinera - Valeria Montti Colque

The Swedish artist Valeria Montti Colque works with elements borrowed from popular culture, folklore, history of art and religion. She has been working with power structures, feminism and transcultural issues since the late 1990s, creating a space for the things she needs to express: grief, marginalisation, but also empowerment.

She is especially interested in exploring existential topics such as the norms of love relationships, how to be a parent, a citizen or part of a diaspora.

Valeria Montti Colque’s work on identity expresses what it is like to be a human being without being categorized and marginalized. She moves effortlessly between different media and forms of expression, and she repeats and recycles motifs, thereby allowing a flow between individual pieces, some of which share the same title, or one single piece may have several titles. The artist’s way of mixing — tinkering — with aesthetics and materials has given rise to a vibrating, idiosyncratic and multi-faceted body of work.

This book is the first published monograph on Valeria Montti Colque. It is based on conversations and interviews with the artist in which the author offers clues to understanding her work. But the door is only ajar, Montti Colque’s art offers more than can be expressed here.