Art and Cinema in 21st-Century Peru: Aesthetics, Politics and Platform

Art and Cinema in 21st-Century Peru: Aesthetics, Politics and Platform
19 June 2019, 4.00pm - 21 June 2019, 5.30pm
Conference / Symposium
The Garden Halls, 1 Cartwright Gardens, Kings Cross, London, WC1H 9EN

The 21st-Century is witnessing a new moment of growth for Peru’s visual arts. Since the recovery of democracy and the rise of new social aspirations at the beginning of the century the arts have played a significant role in re-thinking the past and re-imagining the country. Filmmakers and artists from new generations and from diverse socioeconomic sectors and regions have emerged bringing new visual aesthetics and different forms of social and political engagement. In addition, the growth of Peru’s economy in the region in tandem with rapid urban neoliberal transformations and an incisive national branding campaign have impacted the arts and cinema in terms of production, audiences and distribution. Within these contexts, both the arts and cinema have developed more consolidated fields connected to local situations and transnational circuits in the hands of private initiatives and, although precarious and intermittent, state cultural policy. Despite the strengthening of these fields, a fragility persists in their growth and the diversity of their approaches.
This two-day international conference proposes to trace the transformations of Peru’s contemporary art and cinema in terms of aesthetics, actors, politics and circuits in relation to the political economy. How have cinema and art been redefined in the last two decades? How have they worked to support the socio-political development and a more nuanced understanding of different parts of the country? Which are the socio-political processes that shape and are re-shaped by these forms of visual production? Who are the agents and which are the cultural politics of this transformation? What is the role of the market in this transformation? What are the absences, fragilities and paradoxes that accompany the rise of Peru’s arts and cinema?


Conveners: Dr Giuliana Borea (ILAS) and Prof Sarah Barrow (University of East Anglia). 

This event is co-sponsored by: Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK; Grupo de Investigación en Antropología Visual, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and the Peruvian Embassy in London. 

Image: courtesy of the artist, Jose Carlos Martinat, Trampa para coleccionista, 2008


Olga Jimenez
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