Shipments, stories, events
Interactive installation, photography, text
Series of photographs and texts on two wooden strips
Strip: 1.50 m. each. Photographs: 13x9cm each
Shipments, stories, events consist of an investigation within the Lima Postal Service (SERPOST), for the recovery and forwarding of undelivered correspondence that are stored in the archive. Shipments, stories, events are an extension on purpose (of the previous project Correspondences), which seeks to delve into the social and political context of the correspondences found from a visual and textual imaginary. Added to this are a set of letters whose forwarding is now impossible due to the non-existence of the address they have.
Through a pedagogical, procedural, and participatory proposal, it seeks to open a link between each correspondence and the context that prevented its delivery and that also determines its meaning.
The research delves into the political changes in Peru between the years 1940 and 1970, a period characterized by two important migratory flows (1940/1950) from the interior of the country to the city of Lima. And also, later, by the beginning of the government of General Juan Velasco Alvarado (1968), who would lead a set of nationalist initiatives with strong reforms in the cultural and political sphere, mainly marked by the recognition and recovery of pre-Hispanic cultural roots. Both events would mark an important production in the imaginary of the country during that time: images of the press or publicity of the state, but it would also leave a trace in the letters and correspondence issued during that time; as a projection of personal subjectivity, between the desire for progress and analysis of the environment from a cultural perspective.
Along the wall, there are two parallel lines of documents; on the top line there is a photographic record of the facades of the houses corresponding to the recovered letters that never arrived, but that I left them. And also, blank images, as a way to represent the now unlocatable and non-existent addresses where I could not leave the correspondences. On the back (both those that have an image and those that do not) the content of each letter will be revealed as an indication of the context in which it was written.
In the strip below, there are also correspondences with non-existent addresses, but unlike those that have the white covers above, the ones below have an image corresponding to advertising material (newspapers, magazines), from the time when they were sent, press pictures that are intuitively related to the text behind it.