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Joaquín Garcia Calderón Mendoza del Solar

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Major project:

A Tajo Abierto

My project aims to question the underground as a spatial concept in the Peruvian context, where it is politically, socially and culturally charged. By revisiting ancient Andean cosmovisions and taking the site of the biggest copper mine in Peru, I aim to dissect and unveil abstract intangible spatial systems. Through the use of myth and media, my proposal aims to remediate repressed understandings of the ground as a subtle form of contestation.


  • I’m interested in large-scale spatial operations that resonate towards small hand-held scales and vice versa. My work deals with the politics of the ground, ranging from territorial questions to repressed cosmovisions. By dissecting abstract and intangible constructions, I design environments, objects, buildings, films and strategies which challenge notions of power.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • Experiences

  • Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, 2014–15; Taller Temporal, Lima, 2015–18
Royal College of Art