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Picturing Paradise: Cuadros From The Peruvian Women Of Pamplona Alta
May 19 @ 10:00 am - June 27 @ 5:00 pm
Cuadros are embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures created by women artists of Compacto Humano and Manos Ancashinas, two art cooperatives located in Pamplona Alta, a shantytown situated on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. This research project, which in part has evolved into an exhibition, features the work of these women, placing emphasis on them as artists and the way their art reflects creativity, resilience, and hope despite the harsh conditions of their lives.
Through the Cuadros, the women’s personal stories are visually expressed, highlighting memories of their past lives and the realities of their present experiences. While documenting the art and the women’s stories has been an ongoing ethnographic project since 2006, the exhibition which continues to circulate throughout the United States (and other countries), directs attention to the women’s “voices” and insights, illuminating their message of hope and vision of a world they desire to shape.