Dorota Biczel

Eduardo Villanes, Gloria Evaporada/Evaporated Glory, 1994. Image courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Art of Lima (MALI).

Dorota Biczel will be giving a one hour talk at the Green Gallery East this Wednesday January 20th. Doors open at 7:30 lecture will start at 8 and be followed by a question and answer session.

Don’t forget the keys and the milk:
Materializing the Disappeared in Peruvian art 1994 – 1996.

The Cantuta Massacre (1992) was one of the most infamous and symptomatic episodes of the 10-year-long dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori in Peru. The story of the abduction and disappearance of a university professor and 9 students from one of the campuses in Lima unraveled painfully amidst the campaign of misinformation, media-manipulation and political scandal. Against the regime’s effort to vanish not only the bodies, but also any facts associated with the disturbing case, many artists worked diligently to uncover the crime and enforce its presence in the public eye. The drastic nature of the events involved in and surrounding the massacre forced artists to forgo traditional techniques and means of expression, prevalent in the Peruvian art to that day, and instead refer to radical, experimental modes of production. However, two quotidian objects played the main roles in some of the most gripping of those works: a set of keys and a box of milk.