Gloria Mendoza Borda (Peru) is a Peruvian-born poet whose work has been translated into Aymara, English, French, Portuguese, Italian and Greek. She has directed literary projects, including the Arequipa Alianza Francesa’s Literary Thursdays, and the Tertulia Literaria Itinerante initiative. In 2020 she published the poetry book Amusa. David Robertson (Canada) is a writer and speaker. He is a member of the Norway House Cree nation and has published over 25 books, a number of which have featured on Canadian educational syllabuses. His most recent work is the illustrated children’s book On the Trapline, which celebrates some of the indigenous traditions of Canada. They will talk to Ingrid Bejerman.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
With the support of the Canadian Embassy
mónimo is an independent Latin American publishing house born in 2021 that seeks to build a children’s catalogue focusing on fiction, from Peru. Its first book is the collection of Peruvian Gods, beings and spirits in the form of the alphabet: Diosario. Using humour and with a unique visual narrative, it seeks to bring us close to the fantastic world that this country embraces. With an interdisciplinary group of talents from different nationalities, Diosario is built with its feet on the ground, placing the most venerated creatures at a close distance while we touch the sky. With the writer of the book Elena Fernández Ferro (Argentina), the illustrator Mariana Río (Portugal) and the editor Julia Viñas (Argentina).
For children ages 2 - 8
El ABC de los seres fantásticos en Perú, the most recent publication by the gifted children’s writer Christian Ayuni, is an album book that presents the alphabet illustrated with extraordinary figures from the ancient myths and legends of Peru. Christian will share the stories and images of these marvellous beings at this event.
For children ages 5 to 10
Manuel “Manny” Medrano (U.S.A.) was an Economics student at Harvard when he deciphered an accounting system based on knots, called quipus, used by the Inca Empire to take accounts and store information. Medrano is now a researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he continues to analyse archaeological, historical and ethnographical information in order to learn more about the pre-Hispanic world through this language that reveals so much about the socioeconomic transformations undergone by the indigenous Peruvians with the arrival of the conquest and the subsequent colonization of American territory. Medrano writes about his findings in his new book Quipus. Mil años de historia anudada en los Andes y su futuro digital (2021). In conversation with the Peruvian archaeologist Ulla Holmquist.
With the support of Cerro Verde
Gustavo Buntinx is a renowned historian, curator and art critic. He was educated at Harvard, has lectured at a range of universities, and in his books and exhibitions has taken an interest in art and its relationship with complex matters such as religion, politics and violence. At this event, Buntinx will talk about the work of the great Peruvian writer José María Arguedas (1911-1968), especially his book Las comunidades de España y del Perú. Arguedas was a poet, fiction writer, ethnographer and anthropologist, recognized as one of the main exponents of Indigenism in Peruvian literature. Between 1935 and the year of his death, he published four poetry books, five collections of short stories and six novels, as well as numerous ethnographical and anthropological studies. Since the year 2000, Casa de las Américas has been awarding the José María Arguedas Prize for Fiction, which is given in recognition of the work of Latin American writers. Past winners have included Sergio Ramírez, Antonio Skármeta, Abelardo Castillo, Eduardo Galeano, Ricardo Piglia, Juan Villoro, Juan Pablo Montoya and Diamela Eltit. Buntinx will present the life and work of Arguedas, a major cultural and literary figure.
With the support of the Spanish Embassy
Yuyachkani is a Quechua word meaning “I am thinking”, “I am remembering”, and is also the name of this collective, one of Peru’s most prominent theatre companies, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Since 1971, the group has been presenting works of theatrical experimentation, political performance and collective creation, focussing on themes such as social memory, ethnicity and violence in Peru. In 2000, Yuyachkani won the Peruvian National Human Rights Award. On this occasion, Yuyachkani actresses Ana Correa, Débora Correa, Rebeca Ralli and Teresa Ralli talk with Jimena Rodríguez Moscoso.