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Venuca Evanán and Gabriela Germaná

Las Tablas de Sarhua

Arequipa 2020, 

Declared National Cultural Heritage as a valuable testimony of past times as well as a living tradition, the Tablas de Sarhua painted boards are graphic stories that are an expression of a community’s memory, which might sometimes include violent and fatal episodes. Sarhua, in Ayacucho, was one of the areas hit hardest by terrorism and the tablas have helped to both tell about and heal and the experiences of that period. The artist and illustrator, Venuca Evanán, and the researcher Gabriela Germaná will talk about the origins of the tablas, their different formats, both traditional and contemporary, their application within new social narratives and their place in Peruvian art of our time.