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Neo-Huaco #3 from the series ¿Y qué hacemos con nuestra historia? (So What Do We Do with Our History?) [edition 2/5]

A work made of resin and gold plate.

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  • A work made of resin and gold plate.

Date:

2017

Artist:

Ana De Orbegoso
Peruvian, born 1964
Lima, Peru and New York, New York, United States

About this artwork

In Peru, ancient ceramics are often called huacos, derived from the Quechua word huaca, which the Incas used for sacred objects and places. In turn, pot-hunters or looters are often called huaqueros. While these activities are now illegal, for much of the 20th century pot-hunting was a critical source of livelihood, especially in poorer areas.

Ana De Orbegoso’s “new huaco” recalls this complicated past in asking how Peruvians should now relate to their history. Its mirrored surface allows Peruvian viewers to gaze upon this modern “portrait vessel” and see their own reflection, offering an embodied connection to their ancestors. She has transformed the traditional ceramic into a gleaming metallic surface, calling to mind the lust for gold and silver that fueled Spanish colonialism. This material also alludes to the commodification of Andean antiquities and the contemporary art market. As the artist has stated, “That’s how culture transcends, transforming the past while keeping the roots.”

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Ana De Orbegoso

Title

Neo-Huaco #3 from the series ¿Y qué hacemos con nuestra historia? (So What Do We Do with Our History?) [edition 2/5]

Places

New York (Purchased in), Lima (Object made in), Peru (Artist's nationality)

Date

2017

Medium

Resin and gold plate

Inscriptions

ANA DE ORBEGOSO [imprinted, lower back, highlighted with red pigment]

Dimensions

24.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm (9 1/2 x 6 x 6 in.)

Credit Line

Arts of Africa and the Americas Curatorial Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2019.1194

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