With the goal of carrying out a critical revision of what is beginning to appear as an emerging Peruvian visual anthropology, I propose to answer the question of why interest for visual culture has come so late and the tradition of indigenous video is practically nonexistent in a country with a long tradition of visual manifestations that are both dynamic and diverse and with a large indigenous population. In order to achieve this, I propose to discuss three issues that I consider relevant with respect to the conformation of ethnographic imagination in Peru: (i) the predominance of a dichotomous scheme for understanding Andean society, based on the distinction between literacy and orality; (ii) the nonexistence of peasant movements with an agenda of ethnical-political affirmation; and (iii) the scant attention paid to Amazonian groups as part of national society.
Visibilities and invisibilities in Peruvian anthropology.Abstract in spanish
Keywords: Peruvian visual anthropology,ethnographical imagination,representation,performativity,indigenous video.
Author: Gisela Cánepa. Directora de la Maestría en Antropología Visual Escuela de Posgrado – PUCP.
Received: October 08th, 2012, Accepted: December 30th, 2012
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 20 - Santiago, diciembre 2012 - 1/37 pp. - ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.