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Martín Chambi and Baldomero Alejos: Two Photographers, Two Archives, Two Cities

Silvia Spitta, Dartmouth College

Tue, 2/22 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm EST · Zoom

Program in Latin American Studies

The exhibits “El Cusco de Martín Chambi” (Cusco 2014) and “Antes de la tormenta: Baldomero Alejos” (Ayacucho 2019) were held in the streets of two largely Indigenous Andean cities that could not be more different. Both photographers were Indigenous, but while Chambi is renowned worldwide for his spectacular archive, Baldomero Alejos seldom left his studio, yet he documented the rise of the Shining Path in Ayacucho. Not altogether unexpectedly, the reception of these exhibits reflected the deep divides in the cities; and while celebrated in Cusco, the public and state’s reception of the exhibit in Ayacucho was fraught.

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