Professor Olga Gonzalez lectured on the collection of 24 paintings, entitled Piraq Causa [Who is Still to Blame?], depicting the traumatic war experiences that affected the peasant community of Sarhua in Ayacucho, Peru.

She discussed the strategies deployed by the artists to produce “effects of truth” that add force to this type of testimonial art.

The presentation also addressed which events were denied representation, showing at the same time how the perceived gaps in the pictorial narrative paradoxically give visibility to hidden truths and public secrets in present-day Sarhua.

November 30 2012

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