Picturing Paradise is an exhibition that features embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures called cuadros, created by the women of Compacto Humano and Manos Anchashinas, two art cooperatives located in Pamplona Alta, a shantytown situated on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The exhibition places emphasis on the women as artists and the way their art reflects creativity, resilience, and hope despite the harsh conditions of their lives.
The exhibition is the result of three separate commissioned projects. Hopes and Dreams depicts each woman’s personal aspirations for herself, for her family or for the world. Inspirations and Motivations illustrate narratives about each woman’s life and the individuals and the communities that sustain her. ¿Quien soy yo? (Who am I?) brings to light each woman as an individual and at the same time, the interconnectedness of her life in relationship to others. Additional cuadros in the exhibit highlight memories of the women’s past lives, the realities of their present experiences, and images of the world they would choose to shape.
Rebecca Berru Davis, PhD, Curator. The gallery is open from 9am to 9pm weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays.
We have archived photos of previous gallery shows archived on our website. Feel free to browse through them!