"An Education", 2022

This installation is called “An Education,” photos are taken during exhibition A World of Many Worlds exhibition at CBK Zuidoost.
The installation parody the way social systems teach how to stigmatise others. With it I try to mimic the system that infiltrates though the mass media within a multicultural household. The scene is inspired in the Saturday evening ritual of my own family in Peru, during my upbringing in the 80’s and 90’s. The family sat down in the living room to watch the TV programs and commercials, which displayed commonly practiced discriminating attitudes towards non-white identities.
For the installation I recreated the living of my parents in Lima in the 80's. The big heads sitting on the sofa represent members of my family, including myself. And I used my own face to create the hanging masks. The work also borrows from the ancestral Peruvian sculpture tradition of Chavin and Mochica cultures. As the big heads are inspired in the Cabezas Clavas ancestral ceramics from Chavin culture, and the masks are inspired in the Mochica ancestral ceramics where people where portrayed in different ways. We archive masks in our souls, and we use them according to the circumstances in which we live.

The video displayed presents extracts of Peruvian TV content in the 80's and 90's. Some of this content are commercials which send messages about the ideal lifestyle, the definition of success and beauty, mostly represented by white people. Mass media sells this model as the ideal to a non-white population, creating in this way a social clash and frustration, but also a feeling of segregation and lack of acceptance in the native population.
The video also presents some parts of a very popular TV program of Saturday evening: "Trampolín a la Fama", in which poor people accepted to give a bad show and make ridicule in order to gain some cents. Here many discriminating attitudes are displayed, racist comments are made without filter, just to make the people laugh about their own pain.
This tv shows are part of my own upbringing in Peru, a beautiful country which still suffers from its colonial background. Because it was then that we learned to hate our color, our factions, hair and believes. We can't change the past, but we can change the present and the future. When we start valuing our ancestrality, we will start re-membering the power in us.
With this installation I want to make visible this system that has taught us how to stigmatise, discriminate and make inferior anyone who looks and talks as a native Peruvian. At the same time the inspiration in ancestral sculpture is a recognition to our past and a re-discovery of its potential.

Not only is the mass media observed in this installation, but also the social conventions in a middle class Latin American household of the 80's. One characteristic is to make the servants sit on the floor, or on a lower position than the boss of the house. In this case the sculpture of a servant is sitting next to the cat sculpture. However the public can sit in the rug to watch the video, and if they are pleased on the floor. With this gesture, the social convention and its relational policies are undermined. But the audience can experience and question it.

The masks on the wall are a reflection of the contradictions, fears, aspirations and denigration experience in the creation of identities in the pervivan society. The masks work on the stereotypes that dehumanise the individual, by eliminating the multifaceted human experience and minimising it to just one association.
Coloniality makes that people do not want to associate themselves with their ancestrality, identities are confused by the association to a low self esteem caused by colonial systems, that exploit and dehumanise. This is just an example.