Chimú people, Unku; Ceremonial Robe,~900 C.E., woven alpaca yarn, 590mm x 1260mm, Amano Museum, Lima
First Friday: Peru’s Textile Tradition as Decolonial Practice with Francesca Carella Arfinengo
Free, everyone welcome!
For thousands of years, weaving has played a central role in Peruvian society. Carella Arfinengo will present a brief survey of Peru’s textile tradition, from pre-Incan times to today. In this lecture, textiles will be discussed as cultural objects, framed by Andean Indigenous ways of knowing. Carella-Arfinengo will explore the impact of ongoing colonialism on Peruvian fibre traditions and present the work of contemporary designers and artists who use textiles as a means for decolonial practices.
Francesca Carella Arfinengo
Francesca Carella Arfinengo is a settler POC based in Winnipeg. She grew up in Arequipa, Peru, the centre of the alpaca industry. She is an arts administrator and artist. Using mostly textiles, her art practice explores transculturalism, displacement and immigration. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2014 and is currently enrolled in Cartae Open School.