Inés Lombardi, Past Present – Close and Distant, Exhibition View, Secession, 2011, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler

Inés Lombardi

Past Present – Close and Distant

February 25 – May 15, 2011

“A journey occurs simultaneously in space, in time, and in the social hierarchy. Each impression can be defined only by being jointly related to these three axes, and since space is itself three-dimensional, five axes are necessary if we are to have an adequate representation of any journey.”
(Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, Penguin Books 1992, p. 85)

This quote from the French structuralist, ethnologist, and explorer Claude Lévi-Strauss brings to mind something about the complex and multi-layered quality of Inés Lombardi’s art. Since the late 1980s, she has been working on a constantly evolving body of work characterized by a highly differentiated mode of perception.


Inés Lombardi, born in São Paulo in 1958, lives and works in Vienna.