Photo(s!) of the Week: PUCP’s Graphic Design Team tour Bandurria and Chotuna-Chornancap

By Solsiré Cusicanqui

Two weeks ago students from the Art Faculty at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú were working with the artisans of the projects sponsored by SPI: Chotuna-Chornancap (Lambayeque) and Bandurria (Lima). Thanks to the support of professors Carmen García, Isabel Hidalgo and Martín Razuri, the students were incorporated into classes working with local iconography, the creation of a brand and a graphic line that includes merchandising products. Artisans, archaeologists, professors and SPI members will eventually choose the winning proposal for each site. During the visit by students professors also organized talks surrounding innovation and the improvement of the quality of these products.

Within the classes the students were divided into two groups which visited the two project sites while aiming to collect information and create a tie with the local communities. The first group visited the Bandurria Archaeological Site where the students learned both the archaeological and social aspects of the project. After viewing the conditions in which the artisans live, they were interviewed with the president of the artisan group who explained to them part of the rush extraction process and the elaboration of products. Furthermore, they could watch one of the local ladies elaborating a “Rush Petate”.

 Bandurria (1) (1)

The rush extraction process utilised by local artisans is demonstrated to PUCP students during their visit to Bandurria.

Bandurria (3)

The students visit the monumental reminds at the Bandurria archaeological site.

The second group visited textile artisans at the Chotuna-Chornancap Archaeological Site who made a demonstration of the textile production process. This group was also interviewed with the archaeologist Carlos Wester, Director of the Brüning Museum, Director of the Chotuna-Chornancap Project and the person responsible for the artisans. The next day, they visited the archaeological site of Túcume and the artisan store, in which students could appreciate an example of the archaeological project which yielded designs for local art crafts.

 Students working with the weavers, Chotuna (1)

Students from PUCP are given a demonstration of the textile production process by artisan weavers at Chotuna-Chornancap.

Students at the Bruning Museum, Chotuna (1)

The students visit the Bruning Archaeological Museum.

Worth noting is that the Faculty of Graphic Design at PUCP has been supporting us since 2012 with San José de Moro artisans, most recently winning the 1st International “Turismo Cuida” award and which continues to develop serigraphy workshops in the region. Let’s hope this alliance endures in the future!

Students at the Archaeological site of Chotuna-Chornancap (1)

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San Jose De Moro Ceramics in the Lima Art Museum

You’re excavating under the hot, Peruvian sun. Digging in the dirt, you hit something with your trowel. Further careful brushing reveals first a pottery handle, then the rest of a ceramic vessel, covered with detailed painted decoration. You’ve just uncovered of a piece of ancient Peruvian history: a fine-line ceramic pot of ancient Moche civilization.

 The Moche, a civilization that flourished from the first to eighth centuries in northern Peru, were renowned for their skills in ceramic making. They made bottles in shapes that are at times macabre (a prisoner to a skeletal couple with a child) and at times erotic, as well as in the  “stirrup-sprout” shape.

Moche ceramic in shape of skeletal couple with child. Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1967 (1978.412.196). http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.196

Moche ceramic in "stirrup-sprout" shape. Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1961 (1978.412.70). http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.70

It is this ancient tradition and skill that Julio Ibarrola and his skilled team of artisans replicate at San Jose de Moro, Peru, an archaeological site of the ancient Moche. These artisans have gone through extensive training at the artisan and tourist center, built by the local residents of the community with a SPI grant. The permanent jobs created by the construction of the artisan and tourist center have generated thousands of dollars in artisan sales for local residents.

The talent of Julio Ibarrola and his team continues to impress. These exquisite ceramics have sold out wherever they’ve been shown and we’re proud to say that they are now offered at the gift shop at the Lima Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Lima)!

The Lima Art Museum Gift Shop

Replica Moche Ceramics created by San Jose De Moro artisans.