Strata of a Landscape
The show is part of the program 'Perú en ARCO', whose objective is to show the contemporary production of this country in the Protected content of ARCOMadrid.
The Protected content of 35 authors have been chosen from a concept as polysemic as the landscape and the symbolic strata it can contain. A look at the collection denotes the preeminence of the urban and natural landscape over the human landscape, where the scenarios act as metaphors for the subjects. This absence makes it possible to establish links between the works and to allude, from different perspectives, to the dystopian character that many artists give to the city of Lima and, by extension, to the social processes that take place in parallel with economic development, urban growth, the endemic institutional crises and the deterioration of the environment. A problem that concerns all the countries of the region. Simultaneously, a decrease in the stereotypes associated with the prehispanic and the Andean has become visible in the Peruvian imaginary, and an increasing attention to the microcosm of the Amazon jungle emerges.
Jan Mulder started his photography collection in Protected content , with emphasis on French photography of the 19th century, Peruvian historical and contemporary photography, archives of Peruvian historical negatives and a growing interest in Latin American photography and video art. Almost two decades later, this collection has become one of the most important in Latin America and the largest and most active in Peru. The exhibition that is presented includes a magnificent selection of contemporary Peruvian authors from the collection.
In the historical stratum of Peruvian photography, the first third of the 20th century is a period of splendor. Names such as Martín Chambi, who set up his studio in Cuzco, or the Vargas brothers, who worked in Arequipa, are just two examples of the iconography that nurtured the indigenous imaginary and the arrival of modernity to the urban bourgeoisie. Such effervescence had no continuity. It is necessary to wait until the middle of the 70s to locate a generation of photographers who can present themselves as the germ of contemporary Peruvian photography. With few exceptions, the visible list of Peruvian photographers of the last decades is limited to Lima: a reflection of the contemporary history of the country, where the massive displacements of populations to the capital have shaped an indigenous social, economic, political and cultural landscape .
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