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