• March 29, 2022

Alternative Routes: A Conversation with Nilda Callañaupa and Rember Yahuarcani

In what ethical terms should Indigenous and Black arts from Latin America be narrated? What strategies can we develop to avoid predatory relations that replicate political and social vulnerability in the artistic field?

On Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 PM EDT, join us for the second of two conversations centered around the topics and provocations explored in the recently published editorial project, Alternative Routes. In this second session, project co-editor Horacio Ramos will moderate a conversation in Spanish between artists Nilda Callañaupa and Rember Yahuarcani about research and curatorial projects led by indigenous cultural agents in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.

The program will be conducted primarily in Spanish with English and Portuguese interpretation and trilingual closed captioning.

The editorial project Alternative Routes was published on the CPPC website and features contributions from eight artists from across Latin America, together with an introductory essay from its editors Bruno Pinheiro, Ph.D. candidate in History at the State University of Campinas, and Horacio Ramos, Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

About the participants:

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez was born and raised in the Chinchero district of Cusco. Like many other children during that time, she was in charge of taking care of her family's flock of sheep. As she grew older and mastered more complex textile patterns, her interest and dedication to the textile traditions of the Andes intensified. After becoming one of the first people in her town to attend university, her drive and hard work led her to fulfill her dream of founding the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco (CTTC), an organization much-needed for preserving Peru’s textile heritage. Since she was young, Nilda has been a community organizer and leader, managing not only to revive Cusco’s textile traditions but also to strengthen ties of identity and pride among the weavers. Today, she is the director of the CTTC, an award-winning author, international speaker, and expert in the textile art of the Cusco region.

Rember Yahuarcani was born in the Indigenous community of La Colonia, Loreto, Peru and are a member of the Uitoto nation, of the Clan of the White Heron. Yahuarcani is a visual artist, writer, and activist for the rights and respect of Amazonian cosmologies. He has published various articles in academic journals and newspapers such as El Comercio. He won the National Children's and Youth Literature Contest "Carlota Carvallo de Nuñez" with his book El sueño de Buinaima. He also won the Banco Central de Reserva del Perú’s 9th National Painting Contest. and the Second Intercontinental Biennial of Indigenous Art. Since 2003, he has exhibited his works individually and collectively in art galleries and museums globally. His last individual and collective exhibition were presented at the Cervantes Institute in Pekin and at the 8th International Art Biennial in Beijing, China; respectively. He has published El sueño de BuinaimaFidoma y el bosque de estrellas; Las aves y sus colores; and El verano y la lluvia.

Horacio Ramos is a Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published articles on modern and contemporary art in specialized magazines such as Artforum, Illapa Mana Tukuq, Histórica, and Shift, as well as in publications edited by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has worked in the curatorial departments of the Museo de Arte de Lima and the Museo del Barrio in New York. He teaches art history courses at Brooklyn College and City College in New York and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima.

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