Berenike Corcuera (b.1994, Lima, Peru) is a Peruvian-German artist who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
Corcuera’s practice engages with spirituality and diasporic narratives through series of colourful appliqué works. Often self-referential the works depict elements of her own spiritual journey, from the syncretism of indigenous beliefs and catholic religious structures in Peru to her move to Europe and later search for identity and belonging in Western contemporary spirituality.
Her use of flat figures and bold colors draws on the influence of artists such as Christopher Myers and Beatriz González, while the use of photographic elements sourced from her own personal archive of original and found images look to photomontage masters such as Hannah Höch.
In Corcuera’s textile works these inspirations blend with techniques learned both in established institutions of fashion and design in Europe as well as with skills learned from indigenous craftsmen in Panama in order to form a uniquely personal expression that shifts playfully between the hopeful, the nostalgic and the inquisitive.
Corcuera has an educational background in fashion print from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London (2019) and in menswear from Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris (2020). She since learned her craftmanship from fashion design studios such as Versace, The Row and Bernhard Willhelm, and honed her artistic eye working with projects for artist Grayson Perry and costumier Anne-Sophie Cochevelou, before deciding to pursue her artistic practice.