Evelyn Merino’s beautiful work, “Lima más Arriba”, a collection of photographs taken from the skies above Lima over the course of 6 years.
Perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the Spanish-speaking world, Mario Vargas Llosa has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by the Swedish Academy for his “cartography of structures of power” and “trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.”
Chinchero produces extraordinary textiles, woven with ancestral tools with Incan designs and natural colors.
I wrote a short time ago about the Shipibo people, an indigenous Amazonian tribe, some of whom now live on the polluted river Rímac in Lima’s desert. (Alejandro also introduced us to the River Rimac Project)
Here, Alejandro tells us more about the Shipibo people living in Rimac, and their fascinating artwork.
This amazing video named “Huk Punchaw”, Quechua for “One Day”, is the work of Oswaldo Villavicencio and Eva Machado. Winning the prize of Best Documentary in 2006 in a competition run by Peruvian art school Toulouse, it shows a single day in Peru’s capital from dawn to dusk. Enjoy.
As part of the series Explorando Lima, in which I demonstrate the immense diversity that Peru has to offer without even leaving the region of Lima, I visit Antioquia, a town that brightened its future with a lick of paint.
The Alameda, in the heart of the northern district of Rimac, north of the river Rimac and the centre of the city, was originally built in 1611 by the Marquis de Montesclaros.
Later in 1770 Viceroy Manual de Amat refurbished it, adding donated fountains from the chief of Lima’s bullfighting ring.
In Huamachuco, descendants of royal weavers produce beautiful, world-renowned belts and blankets.
In 1977 the only way into Tulpo, Mollepata, and Mollebamba, towns located within the boundaries of the ancient hacienda of Tulpo, was on foot or by horse. I recognized that something had happened that set these people and their blankets apart from others in Peru. The textiles around Tulpo, Mollepata, and Mollebamba were just far too different and beautiful to think otherwise. More than twenty-five years later I was to learn why.
Dexterous Peruvian artisans hands convert paint, stone, wood, clay and more into unique pieces of highly valued art that are the result of generations of inherited learning. The Peruvian artisans lives and cultures are as varied and colourful as the works they create. Learn more of the marvellous popular art of all of Peru’s regions in this article adapted and translated from LAN Tours.