Raimond Chaves, b. 1963, Bogotá, Colombia; Gilda Mantilla, b. 1967, Los Angeles, United States | live and work in Lima
Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla are life partners and artistic collaborators who also maintain solo careers. Their joint undertakings offer an alternative to stereotypical views of Latin America’s landscapes and cultures by focusing on overlooked details of its peoples and places. Chaves and Mantilla’s two works in the Guggenheim’s collection are culled from their research at the Library of the Center for Theological Studies of the Amazon and the Library of the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos, Peru—a locus of debate around Amazonian identity. An Uncomfortable Eagerness (Un afán incómodo, 2011), is a collection of texts and images sourced from documents unearthed during their research. The other work, Carbon Copy Jungle (2011), is an encyclopedic grid of drawings that refers to anthropological sketching expeditions.