Americas

Daniela Ortiz
Maids Rooms

In her work, Maids Room (2012) which is part of a series, Daniela Ortiz undertakes an architectural analysis of the houses belonging to the upper class of Lima. Her research highlights the position of ‘service architecture’, the vital space given to the domestics. The project offers an analysis of this room, its size and its position in relation to the rest of the house.
This study is based on houses constructed between 1930 and 2012. The project examines a selection of 60 houses by presenting the architect’s project, the front of the buildings, floor plans, comparative dimensions of the rooms.
The choice of presenting a composition of several photographs of various dimensions recalls the aesthetic of conceptual photography. It is disturbing to go from the formal beauty of the images and of the architecture represented to the revealed reality, showing the deadlock of modernist architecture carried on in contemporary architecture.
Daniela Ortiz’s work creates, without any indulgence, spaces of tension which explore the notion of social class, race and nationality accentuating the fact that societies are built on the notions of inclusion and exclusion.

Through her work, Daniela Ortiz aims to generate visual narratives in which the concepts of nationality, racialization, social class and gender are explored in order to critically understand structures of colonial, patriarchal and capitalist power. Her recent projects and research deal with the European migratory control system, its links to colonialism and the legal structure created by European institutions in order to inflict violence towards racialized and migrant communities. She has also developed projects about the Peruvian upper class and its exploitative relationship with domestic workers. Recently her artistic practice has turned back into visual and manual work, developing art pieces in ceramic, collage and in formats such as children books in order to take distance from Eurocentric conceptual art aesthetics.