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El Indulto: Memory and the Archive in Contemporary Peru

Friday, February 2, 2018 6:00 — 8:00 pm

The recent exoneration of former dictator Alberto Fujimori has transported many Peruvians back to the nineties. Today more than ever, it has become clear that the democratic transition of the early 2000’s was little more than a reconfiguration of authoritarian political forces. The image of Peru as “a country without memory” has reemerged in the public sphere while, at the same time, a series of massive responses from Peruvian civil society has demonstrated the strength of trans-generational resistance to this imperative. This event will examine the present through the “eyes of the archive” in order to connect ideas around affect, theatricality, and performance. Panelists will address the mechanisms of cooptation deployed by Fujimorist forces as well as the acts of resistance and remembrance that are disrupting this attempt to erase and repeat history.

Participants: Karen Bernedo Morales (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru) Leticia Robles-Moreno (Muhlenberg College) Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa (Lafayette College)

Moderator: Claudia Salazar Jiménez (NYU)

*This event will take place in Spanish with translation.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

Karen Bernedo Morales holds a masters degree in Visual Anthropology and a degree from the Gender Studies department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. She’s an independent curator and a professor at the Universidad Científica del Sur specializing in performing arts. She has created documentaries and exhibitions around the themes of art and memory within the internal armed conflict in Peru. Karen is a founding member of theMuseo Itinerante Arte por la Memoriacollective, which has received the National Art and Human Rights Award from the Príncipe Claus Foundation.

Leticia Robles-Moreno holds a Ph.D in Performance Studies from New York University. Her research focuses on knowledge and bodily practices in Latin America and in the way they reconfigure political and transnational communities. She is currently studying the role of collective creation within theatre groups in the current Latin-American socio-political context. She analyzes the expansive networks of art and performance collectives as survival tactics and in the recovery of cultural memory within the fight for gender equality as well as sexual reproductive rights. Leticia is a professor at Muhlenberg College.

Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa holds a Ph.D in Literature from Columbia University. Her research specializes in contemporary Latin-American Culture, with a focus on the Andes region. She’s currently writing about the cultural and social implications of the eighties underground scene in Peru. Her interests include visual culture, literature, non-fiction film, and urban and interdisciplinary studies.

Claudia Salazar Jiménez is a Peruvian academic and writer. Her first novel “La Sangre de la Aurora”, written from a female perspective on the internal armed conflict in Peru, obtained the Las Américas de Narrativa award. Her research projects and publications connect personal narrations with memory politics. She’s currently a professor at NYU and Brooklyn College.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.