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MARTIN CHAMBI, Indigenous Peruvian Photographer

Posted in Peru, Peru Art, Peru Treasures, photography on January 22, 2012 by Listen Recovery

Martín Chambi Jiménez or Martín Chambi de Coaza, (Puno, Perù – November 5, 1891 – Cuzco, September 13, 1973) was a photographer, originally from southern Peru.

For more than twenty years, Martín Chambi balanced his successful studio business with extensive travels outside of Cuzco to photograph archaeological sites, landscapes, and indigenous communities.
Chambi’s early reputation was based on his participation in two distinctly different photographic traditions. His adoption of conventions derived from European art photography, particularly the stylized effects of Pictorialism and natural sky-light in studio portraiture, formed the foundation for his studio’s commercial success and his prominence in local salon competitions and industrial fairs of the day.
Chambi quickly came to the forefront in the documentation of his own indigenous culture. He undoubtedly received significant support and encouragement in this work from members of Cuzco’s Indigenista movement. In turn, his work and presence, as an artist of direct Indian descent, photographing their meetings and listening to their discussions, surely reaffirmed their intellectual programs and lent a sense of visual authenticity to the movement.

Between 1920 and 1950 Chambi amassed a comprehensive collection of archaeological sites, native peoples, and views of Cuzco that was widely published as well as presented throughout South America.
Many of the most fascinating pictures in his archive were apparently unknown during his lifetime – some because they fell outside the interests of Indigenismo, others because of the limited artistic conventions then in vogue, and many because of their commercial origin.

Significant ongoing research and publication on this unusual period still need to be realized in order to clarify Chambi’s artistic contribution in the world of photography.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF A NEO-INDIGENOUS ARTIST
Chambi was an Indigenist photographer — the first to photograph his people as seen through their own eyes. Chambi himself emphasized that status in 1936, on the occasion of an exhibition in Santiago and Viña del Mar:

“I have read that in Chile it is thought that Indians have no culture, that they are uncivilized, that they are intellectually and artistically inferior when compared to whites and Europeans. More eloquent than my opinion, however, are graphic testimonies. It is my hope that impartial and objective witnesses will examine this evidence. I feel that I am a representative of my race; my people speak through my photographs.”

Martín Chambi

Martín Chambi was the first to photograph his race with a postcolonial eye. When Martín Chambi arrived in Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, the richest and most splendid among American pre-Columbian cities, was experiencing a slight demographic recovery following the dramatic population decline.
It was Chambi who had the greatest international diffusion, and he who has left us the most personal, magical, profound, and dazzling work among all Peruvian photographers and maybe of all Latin American photographers.
Martín Chambi’s images laid bare the social complexity of the Andes. Those images place us in the heart of highland feudalism, in the haciendas of the large landholders, with their servants and concubines, in the colonial processions of contrite and drunken throngs. Chambi’s photographs capture it all: the weddings, fiestas, and first communions of the well-to-do; the drunkenness and poverty of the poor along with the public events shared by both. That is why, surely without intending it, Chambi became in effect the symbolic photographer of his race, transforming the telluric voice of Andean man, his millenary melancholy, his eternal neglect, his quintessentially Peruvian, human, Vallejo-like pain into the truly universal.

“One day Chambi will be recognized as one of the most coherent and profound creators photography has given this century.”

Edward Ranney

FANIA in LIMA, Perù. Interview by Renz de Madrugada, words by MIGUEL ANGEL MATHEUS (en Castellano)

Posted in Interviews, Peru on March 29, 2011 by Listen Recovery

1. ¿Cuentame como comenso tu dia antes de llegar al concierto de La FANIA en la Universidad de San Marcos?
Empece el dia dudando un poco de que si iban a venir en realidad los mounstros que se estaban anunciado, porque, quien sabe derrepente venian los nietos de ellos, jajajajaaj; pero con el transcurrir de las horas esas dudas empezaron a despejarse, puse un disco de la Fania en el equipo de sonido y me puse a escuchar y a cantar algunas canciones. Ya por la tarde me heche a descansar unas horitas para estar a punto para la noche. Me fui con miguelito, debes acordarte de el al que le dicen gaston acurio y con lali el hermano de omar.

2. Cual fue tu cancion favorita de la noche
Bueno en realidad todas las canciones estuvieron buenazas pero las que me gustaron fueron: No me digas que es muy tarde ya, cantada por el gran Ismael Miranda, el nino bonito de la salsa, Quitate la mascara de Adalberto Santiago y los entierros y el raton de Cheo Feliciano

3. Ubo algun artista homenajeado?
Si hubo homenaje a los artistas que ya se encuentran en el cielo como Celia Cruz, Pete el Conde Rodriguez, Rey Barreto el gran hector lavoe y otros que no recuerdo.

4. A que artista te hubiera gustado ver, que no pudo asistir?
Me hubiera gustado ver a Hector lavoe con la fania, pero bueno ya conocemos la historia.

5. Cuantas horas fue el concierto y a que hora termino?
El concierto pues habra durado 2 horas, termino pasadas la 1 de la madrugada, es que cuando estas bien concentrado, conectado uno se olvida de las horas.
Fue innolvidable esa noche, lastima que no hubo fotos pero el recuerdo queda pregnado.

GRAFICA PERUANA, Elliot Tupac. (video/subtitles/photography)

Posted in arte universal / universal art, Peru, Peru Art on March 7, 2011 by Listen Recovery

ELLIOT TUPAC, Perù Arte Grafico y Musical

Posted in arte universal / universal art, Peru on March 7, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Elliot Urcuhuaranga Cárdenas “ELLIOT TUPAC” diseñador y artista grafico de 32 años. De origen huancaíno crea y diseña desde los 12 años Lettering y Tipografías para Afiches Chicha; estos afiches que surgen en la década de los 80s dentro de un contexto social marcado por el fenómeno musical tropical andino o “chicha” con grupos importantes como los Shapis, Los Ovnis , Alegria, Vico y su grupo Karicia entre otros.

Desde el 2004 “ELLIOT TUPAC” reivindica el arte de los Afiches Chichas y empieza a alternar con artistas plásticos del Perú y de otras partes del mundo; realizo murales para la película de Claudia Llosa “Madeinusa” y la galardonada “La Teta Asustada”. Este Año 2010 inicio el año realizando el diseño e impresión de la portada de la prestigiosa revista inglesa Creative Review “. En Octubre realizo tres importantes actividades en Chile (workshop – charla – exposición) bajo el patrocinio de la Universidad Mayor de Chile, el suplemento “Somos” del diario el Comercio encargo el diseño e impresión de la portada. ..y así muchos diseños para revistas Chilenas y del mundo con su estilo singular enfocado en la temática Chicha y su obsesión en las Tipografías.

PEÑA II by Secret Stash Records (2011), words by Renz De Madrugada (Cardo o Ceniza mp3 download link)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Peru on February 26, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Peña I (2010) review by Renz De Madrugada

This is the 2nd part of a great experience from Eric Foss of Secret Stash Records last year in Perù.  Discovering new voices with a contemporary feel with traditional songs from the Peruvian genre of Criollo music, Afro Peruvian and Lando to name some.

Peña II starts with Cardo O Ceniza written by Perù’s own Chabuca Granda, the strong and at the same time soft voice of Sofia Rei (vocalist) gives the right touch to the beginning of a sequel experiment.  Continues with timeless track and heart pounding lyrics by Jose Escajadillo Jamas Impedirás which various important voices in Perù have interpreter decade after decade.  Lucha Reyes was one of the first ones to make her its own.  Eva Ayllon as well as song writer and singer Gian MarcoFina Estampa what Peruvian doesn’t know this song. Well at least the cultural ones and the patriotic ones, written by Chabuca Granda, this track is a must have for many Peruvian queens, it talks about a gentlemen.  Now El Condor Pasa is not your typical traditional song that you would hear at a Peña in Perù, nevertheless is an outstanding selection for this project.  It gives authenticity to the experience of music in Perù, this is another must have for any Peruvian nostalgic residents outside of Inca land.  Jose Antonio this one is another timeless song, it almost sounds like “Marinera” to me.  I love this version.  Good work guys!

El Tamalito, now this track is kinda dear to me, because who wrote it, Andres Soto, go Google the little bit there is online about him. He has contribute to many important songs and has also worked with Chabuca Granda, Caitro Soto, Pititi to name a few legends of the Afro Peruvian and Criollismo Sub-Culture in the coast.  Sofia Rei comes correct once again.  La flor de la canela another Chabuca song, to us Peruvians she was and is a poet in our hearts, white from the outside, Afro Peruvian from the inside, a madam of its own class Sr Granda was.  This song is also a MUST for any collection of Perù treasure songs.

El Plebeyo written by Felipe Pinglo Alva one of the most outstanding composers of the genre of criollo music, with more than 100 titles on his belt.

This is the last track on the album.  A nice ending to a soft and powerful compilation and interpretation of timeless songs.

Another great work by Secret Stash Records. Keeping up the Peruvian music culture worldwide.  Respects!

Renz De Madrugada, Feb 2011

Cardo O Ceniza (Song Link) free download by Secret Stash Records

FERNANDO BELAUNDE TERRY (PERU), Presidents day in America today; but we celebrate worldwide, one of Perù’s best presidents in history.

Posted in Peru, photography on February 22, 2011 by Listen Recovery

^Record acetate sheet with anthem of Accion Popular Party

LIMA Anniversary 476

Posted in Peru on January 18, 2011 by Listen Recovery

LIMA Flag