Amanda Riffo

House of Purkinje

The eye is the organ that receives what we see. The brain processes the light, takes in the information that captures our attention, and produces images. Therefore, only a part of what is visible is seen, and only a small part of what we see captures our awareness.


Amanda Riffo (b.1977) is a French-Chilean artist based in Reykjavik. After completing a Master of Arts at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, she later participated in exchange programs in Tokyo and Beirut. Her work has been shown in Europe, Japan, Iceland, Chile, Finland, Belgium and more. Exhibition projects in Iceland include her solo exhibition in Open (2018) and Skaftfell ( Seyðisfjörður, 2019), as well as participation in the international art biennial Sequences Xl (2019).

In her practice, Riffo creates exercises, documents experiments inspired by cognitive science and optics, and all kinds of misunderstandings. Her retinas being radically altered by strong astigmatism, her work has evolved into a permanent questioning of reality. This practice has been reinforced by working for movie sets aside from her studio practice. 

Riffo also prints and publishes micro-series of artist books.


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