Date / Hours
30.11. 19.30h
Artist / Title
Armando Andrade Tudela
Künstlergespräch mit Armando Andrade Tudela, Thomas Locher und Max Hernández-Calvo
Oranienstraße 161 10969 Berlin
(in English)

Armando Andrade Tudela
3.11.-8.12. 2012

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 conversation between the curator Max Hernández-Calvo, the artist Thomas Locher and Armando Andrade Tudela will focus on the historical context and how it is treated in different ways in the film and in the publication: from the formation of the subversive group “The Shining Path” at the UNSCH in Ayacucho to the later, executed terror of the Maoist group and its resonance in Peru’s society, its effect on the Peruvian youth, the counterculture and the arts. Since some time Armando Andrade Tudela has researched the contexts of the emergence of political and artistic collectives, for example the architects group “Las Bestias” as well as groundbreaking avant-garde moments in Europe and Latin America which allow unprecedented developments.

Furthermore, the artist’s film work will be discussed. 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 also always 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 “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 stages for ideological and symbolic representation in the early development of the group in the 1960s and 70s.

Thomas Locher (born in 1956 in Munderkingen, Germany, lives in Berlin), a pioneering German artist for the realm of neo-conceptual art, achieved international renown for his spatial text works and installations. He has been consistently concerned for many years with foundations like the grammatical order of language and the complexity of its functioning in legal texts or economics, foundations that seem permanent, but nonetheless contain a portion of fictionality. Thomas Locher has exhibited his work around the world: Tate Gallery, Liverpool (1989), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1992), Museum of Modern Art, Saitama/Japan (1994), Deichtorhallen (2004) and MoMA (2006).

Max Hernández-Calvo is an independent curator, researcher and associate professor of the arts department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has published several writings on contemporary art in Latin America, U.S.A. and Europe. He is co-author of a publication on contemporary art in Peru (Franquicias Imaginarias, 2002). He was awarded the Cisneros Foundation Scholarship for Latin American curators in 2005-2007. For the past several years he has been involved in education and research projects in the U.S. and Spain on cultural and creative industries, social responsibility in the arts and patronage. Max Hernández-Calvo currently lives and works between Malaga, Spain and Lima, Peru.

Armando Andrade Tudela (born in Lima, Peru in 1975, lives in Berlin) 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). In 2008/ 09, he was a guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme DAAD.