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Peru post-internal conflict: an analysis of visual representations of memory

Townsend, Madeline (2015) Peru post-internal conflict: an analysis of visual representations of memory. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis examines the role that visual art plays in the formation of the memories of Peru’s internal conflict. From 1980 until 2000, Peru endured a period of arm conflict that involved several different political actors including the State, The Shining Path, The Revolutionary Movement Túpac Amaru, various indigenous communities, and the general Peruvian public. After this event subsided, the government formed a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in order to analyze the past and discover what had happened during this time period. The TRC also issued recommendations for the government to take into consideration in order to prevent a future outbreak of political violence. I examine several case studies of visual art encompassing photography, theatre and film and analyze their representations using the TRC’s final recommendations as a frame for analysis. While some of the visualizations constructively work toward achieving the TRC’s goals, others contradict these societal reforms. First, I study the photography exhibit Yuyanapaq: para recordar. I then discuss two plays performed by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, which include Contraelviento and Antígona. Finally, I conclude by exploring possibilities for further study, and briefly analyze more recent representations, the play La cautiva written by Luis Alberto León and the film La teta asustada by Claudia Llosa. I argue that visual art serves as a valuable political tool by providing a space for reconciliation, social justice, and cultural repair in the aftermath of violence that can potentially aid the Peruvian community to prevent future political conflict.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Townsend, Madelinemet74@pitt.eduMET74
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorGarcía, Armandoarg93@pitt.eduARG93
Committee MemberMajumdar, Neepanmajumda@pitt.eduNMAJUMDA
Committee MemberMonasterios, Elizabethelm15@pitt.eduELM15
Committee MemberVigil,
Date: 13 August 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 11 June 2015
Approval Date: 13 August 2015
Submission Date: 6 August 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 65
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peru, Shining Path, Internal Conflict, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Yuyanapaq, Yuyachkani, La cautiva, La teta asustada, feminism, photography, film, performance, theater, visual arts
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 18:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:29


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