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Kukuli Velarde: A Closer Look


Learn about the complex history behind La Linda Nasca by artist Kukuli Velarde. Engage in slow looking, learn about Velarde and her work, and get new ideas for your own art making.

Kukuli Velarde

Peruvian-American artist Kukuli Velarde (b. 1962, Cusco, Peru) creates artworks that celebrate Indigenous cultures and explore the effects of Spanish colonization on the Andes. In this clay sculpture, she transforms a famous statue in Cusco’s cathedral of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, called La Linda, into an ancient Nasca goddess. In this way, Velarde imagines how modern Andeans might embrace both their Spanish and Indigenous heritages.

This resource is made possible through the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.


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