Carlo Franco Stella Atencio Visible Cities

Date(s): Apr 9 to May 14 2022

Location: Small gallery

Exhibition

Curated by Rossio Motta-­Ochoa, who holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology, the exhibition Visibles Cities presents the unique cosmovision of Peruvian artist Carlo Franco Stella Atencio. His drawings introduce us to three cities: one where he used to live, one where he lives currently, and another he envisions for the future. Through his work, Stella Atencio, who lives with schizophrenia, renders visible cities only he can see and wishes to share with us. The artist claims he was born in Huancanova, a city from the Inca era, governed by justice and equality, which would have been destroyed in the second Spanish invasion in Peru. He draws it using graphite. Stella Atencio currently lives in Lima y Callao, a city he draws using coloured pens. He considers it unjust and corrupt and profoundly hates it. He is considering moving to another city, Alberkitloyu, which he draws using colour pencils.

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Carlo Franco Stella Atencio started drawing at the age of 5. Since then, his mother has eagerly collected his prolific art production, which today encompasses more than 10,000 drawings. Stella Atencio underwent psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 23. One of the treatments he received was tecnoterapia, a  form of art therapy created in Peru by Doctor Honorio Delgado. Through tecnoterapia, Stella Atencio started making visible the cities that only he can see. 

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland

Carlo Franco Stella Atencio, Visible Cities, 2022. Photo: Paul Litherland