Saturday, March 11, 2006

Mírate! Life, death and politics in Peru permanent link   2 comments
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This month, the daily newspaper 'El Comercio' has taken an unusual, extra step in its efforts to help Peruvians make informed decisions. As the country braces for an April 9 presidential election, El Comercio is sponsoring a photo-journalistic recap of recent Peruvian history. Staged at an art gallery in the capital's center, the aim of its exhibition is to reconstruct the ugly and uplifting chapters of the national narrative, and to provide context to the upcoming election.

Titled "Mírate" ("Look at Yourself"), the show comprises some 60 photos taken by El Comercio staffers between Jan. 1, 2000 and the beginning of this year. Nancy Chappell, an El Comercio photographer who helped curate the exhibition with independent photographer-curator Mayu Mohanna, says that "Mírate" has drawn thousands of visitors, first at a previous location, in the haute monde Miraflores seaside district, then at its current home, the Juan Pardo Heeren gallery in the capital's gritty center.

The exhibition, the first of its kind mounted by the newspaper, is part of a broader, months-long initiative by El Comercio to create public forums for addressing such national issues as health, education and the economy, as Peruvians head to the polls. The exhibition is scheduled to close this weekend.

I haven't been able to see the exhibition yet but it is definitely on my agenda for tomorrow, the last day.
For those of you, dear readers, who have already seen it, I would love to hear your impressions and opinions.

Lugar: Galerías Juan Pardo Heeren y Galería ICPNA Lima
Dirección: Jr. Cusco 446
Abierta al público hasta el domingo 12 de marzo.
Horario: De martes a domingo de 11 a.m. a 8 p.m.


At 3/14/2006 11:14:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

So I went there Sunday and I must say it was truly impressive, a great way to spend a sunny afternoon by revisiting history captured and illustrated by photos and writings on walls.
I was thinking that every country goes through their own struggles but you get the impression that Peru's really stand out.
You are also reminded of Peru's sluggish court system. The fact that thousands are currently imprisoned for months and years while still awaiting sentencing is simply appalling. Chronic shortage of funds and resources, a mountain of burocracy, a lack of trained investigators, and a lack of cooperation by the armed forces are mainly responsible for that.

The only complaint I have about the exhibition is that I would have really liked to buy a brochure or picture book of some sorts, reflecting the just seen and commemorating the innocent victims.

At 3/14/2006 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Maria wrote...

You should look at
That is where I saw the poll, and it is a great place to find anything of Peru (news from all mediums, art/culture, etc.). My aunt fowarded me the link, and it has been very useful.


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