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London Before · Now · After
by Alicia Paz

London is an international city whose identity is constantly being rewritten and redefined. In the light of these continual major changes we wished to explore the city’s past, present, and potential future through the eyes of some of its enthusiastic citizens. London as a state of mind. We asked the London based artist Alicia Paz to join us.

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Postman's Park and the memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice

London Before

"What I love about London is the character and solidarity of its people, past and present."

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Tate Modern

London Now

"This wonderful museum brings diverse local, national and international audiences together in the enjoyment of fantastic collections and exhibits."

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Battersea Power Station

London After

"The area around this iconic building was massively being regenerated, and is the home of the new US Embassy. London plays a big part in critically re-examining and re-inventing the 'special relationship' between the UK and the USA."


Alicia Paz's paintings, collages and standing figures deal primarily with identity and the notion of a divided subject/author, and explore the mutability of subjectivity. In recent years, Paz has focused on the female figure: the Self is experienced and presented as multiple, paradoxical, and in flux. Inhabiting fantastical and exotic landscapes, Paz's feminine subjects become fused and combined with organic life. Strange and unsettling visions of tree-women and monster-women also represent the fusion of the Subject with painting itself: she often depicts amphibian or plant-like figures "weeping" pigment, their limbs, hair, and various ornamental accoutrements mud-caked and dripping, as if extracted from a colourful, post-cognitive swamp.

Alicia Paz has had several solo exhibitions in the UK, France, Germany, Mexico, and Argentina, in 2016 at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany. This exhibition was accompanied by a 96-page bilingual monograph published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst. 

In August 2017 Paz unveiled a public sculpture commission at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, titled "Island of Dolls"in steel and enamel. Soon "Family Tree" will be presented at FIAC 2018.

Thank you Alicia!

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"Island of dolls" at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg