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Artist’s talk with Armando Andrade Tudela, the artist Thomas Locher and the curator Max Hernandez-Calvo on Friday, November 30th, 7.30pm at the
The exhibition “UNSCH/URP” focuses on the publication of the same name and the film “UNSCH / Pikimachay” (2012). The film shows various architectural spaces at the Universidad Nacional San Cristóbal de Huamanga (UNSCH) in Ayacucho, Peru, which served as a forum for the subversive group “Shining Path” when it was being established in the 1960s and 70s. This search for traces is contrasted with images of the archaeological site of Pikimachay in the Central Andes – one of the earliest human settlements in the region and emblematic for early communities. The publication “UNSCH/URP“ forms the discursive background for the film. It contains interviews with witnesses to the time when the “Shining Path” was forming at the UNSCH and also with members of the architects collective “Las Bestias”, who were responsible for an educational experiment at the Universidad Ricardo Palma (URP) in Lima at the time when terrorism was exploding in Peru in the mid-1980s. The film and publication were produced by the Museo de Arte de Lima-MALI and presented there the past summer. In the Berlin version of the exhibition, the film presentation is also accompanied by an installation.

Armando Andrade Tudela’s films are often examinations of particular spaces or locations and their social functions. These are then encircled, scanned and surveyed with the camera. For Andrade Tudela, filming a space always also means a step towards abstraction, an attempt at de-reification, in which the mirroring between the subject of the film and the arrangement that is realised through the camera is just as important as the subject itself. In the silent film “UNSCH / Pikimachay“, Andrade Tudela thus also forgoes direct references to the violent history of the terrorist, Maoist group the “Shining Path” as well as any direct, political or historical commentary. Instead, here as well, the concrete historical locations are central to the examination: these architectural spaces that served as crucial places for assembling and as stages for ideological and symbolic representation in the early development of the group in the 1960s and 70s, and, on the other hand, views of the nearby Pikimachay cave. ‘In my opinion, the explosive era of the “Shining Path” in Peru created a fundamental feeling of discontinuity, not only in political terms, but instead particularly also on all levels of society. I, therefore, decided to incorporate an element of continuity into the film with Pikimachay, the cave in the Ayacucho Valley. Pikimachay is actually the earliest settlement, one of the oldest places of habitation in Peru, which was presumably already inhabited at round 12,000 BC.’ (Armando Andrade Tudela). Through contrasting settings on the university grounds with settings from the cave of Pikimachay, interrupted by white fades, the film makes reference to a course of history of continuity and discontinuity, and possibly also to the fractures and the processes of renewal in the constructing of political, social and cultural identity.

On 30.11. at 7:30 pm, an artists’ talk with Armando Andrade Tudela, the artist Thomas Locher and the curator Max Hernandez-Calvo takes place within the framework of the exhibition “UNSCH/URP“.

Armando Andrade Tudela, born in Lima, Peru in 1975, studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Lima and at the Royal College of Arts in London. In Lima, he was involved in the artists’ space and collective “Espacio la Culpable”. In 2004/05, he was a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. Andrade Tudela has had solo-exhibitions at the MACBA in Barcelona and in the FRAC Bourgogne (2010), in the IKON Gallery in Birmingham (2009), in the Kunsthalle Basel and in the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008). He has participated in numerous biennials such as, for example, the Lyon Biennale 2007, and international group exhibitions, e.g. in the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2007) and in the MACBA in Barcelona (2009) or in the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010–11). Armando Andrade Tudela lives and works in the French city of Saint-Étienne and in Berlin. In 2008/09, he was a guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme DAAD.


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