Shipments, stories, events
Interactive installation, photography, text
Serie of photographs and texts on two wood strips
Strips: 1.50m each one. Photograph: 13x9cm c/u
Shipments, stories, events consists of an investigation inside the Lima's Postal Service (SERPOST), for the recovery and forwarding of undelivered correspondence and that are stored in the archive. Shipments, stories, events is an extension on purpose (from the previous project Correspondences 2017-2019), which seeks to delve into the social and political context of the correspondences found from a visual and textual imaginary. To this, a set of letters is added, of which their forwarding in the present is already impossible due to the absence of the address they have.
Through a pedagogical, procedural and participative proposal, the aim is to open a link between each correspondence and the context that prevented its delivery and that also determines its meaning.
The investigation delves into the political changes in Peru between the years 1940 and 1970, a period characterized by two important migratory flows (1940/1950) from the countryside to the city of Lima. And also, later, by the beginning of the government of General Juan Velasco Alvarado (1968), which would lead a set of nationalist initiatives with strong reforms in the cultural and political sphere, marked mainly by the recognition and recovery of pre-Hispanic cultural roots.
Both events would mark an important production in the country's imagination during that time: press images or publicity of the state, but it would also leave a trace on the letters and correspondence issued during that time; as a projection of personal subjectivity, between desire for progress and analysis of the environment from a cultural perspective. Along the wall, there are two parallel lines of files; On the top line there is a photographic record of the facades of the houses corresponding to the recovered letters that never came, but that I left behind. And in addition, blank images, as a way of representing the now unattainable and non-existent addresses where I could not leave the correspondences. On the back (both those with an image and those that do not) the content of each letter will be revealed as an indication of the context in which it was written. In the list below, there are also correspondences with non-existent addresses, but unlike those with the white covers on top, those below have an image corresponding to advertising material (newspapers, magazines), from the time when was sent; Photographs that are intuitively related to the text behind it.