UNSCH / Pikimachay

Armando Andrade Tudela

Lima, Peru, 1975
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    Chipboard and printed paper
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    Installation made up of a projection (16 mm transferred to video, colour, without sound, 11 min. 19 sec.) and twelve digital prints from interviews published in the book UNSCH/URP (Ed. MALI, 2012) on fibreboard shelves
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UNSCH/Pikimachay (2012) is a work that combines an installation of printed material and a 16 mm film. The film juxtaposes images of the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga (UNSCH), a modernist university campus built in the 1950s, where the brutal Maoist insurgent movement Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path), active in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s, was later to emerge, with sequences of the caves of Pikimachay, a prehistoric archaeological site in the Peruvian Andes that is believed to have sheltered the earliest human communities in the region. The printed material presents a series of conversations which on the one hand examine the internal dynamics of the UNSCH, with the university seen as a stage or, in the artist’s words, a scenic volume for the enacting of various key moments in the political and ideological development of Sendero Luminoso, and on the other hand analyzes the experimental urbanism and architecture of the city of Lima in the 1980s, with examples like the work of a group of young architecture students called ‘Las Bestias’ (The Beasts), associated with the Universidad Ricardo Palma.

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