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Visiting Artist: Kukuli Velarde
September 19 @ 5:00 pm
Lecture at 5pm in ART 158
Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in Philadelphia whose confrontational work speaks to racism, colonialism, inequality, gender, body politics and the destruction of indigenous identity. With wry wit and irreverent humor, she skewers the oppressor and gives voice to those made invisible. Leah Ollman of the L.A. Times writes, “Velarde makes serious sport of the derogatory traits assigned to her forebears, exaggerating displays of fear or passivity, roughness or disobedience. She sculpts with the vengeance of self-determination.” With the devilish glee of an unruly child, Velarde refuses to allow herself or her culture to be represented as ghostly museum artifacts or cultural anomalies dislocated from the present. Velarde’s work has been presented world-wide including New York, Brazil, Taiwan, Korea, Peru and Germany. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Virginia Bader Grant, Pollack Krasner Grant, Pew Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Fellowship, and she received recognition for Fighting Freedom of Expression from the Warhol Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and the Merce Cunningham Foundation at MOMA, New York.