The 2013 edition was held in Pisco, an historic fishing village and port south of Lima. In 2007 Pisco was hit by a devastating magnitude 8.0 earthquake that killed 519 people and left 16,000 families homeless. Six years after this disaster, despite millions of dollars in relief donations, much of the town was still in ruins and struggling to recover.

Pisco is very representative of the country's economic policy over the years and has been one of the main beneficiaries of Peru’s various booms; from rubber to guano and more recently, fisheries. However, Pisco has also been among the areas most affected by the economic crises that have followed the booms. In this time of unexpected economic growth at a national level but within a context of global economic uncertainty HAWAPI hoped to foster a dialogue on economic policies and social inclusion.

This edition of HAWAPI saw 12 participants create more than 20 public works, many of which were created in direct collaboration with local members of the community. The artists participating in the event reflected on the situation 6 years after the earthquake in order to better understand how a town recovers from an event of this magnitude and how it can be reconstructed and progress towards a better future.


The exhibition, which was also held at 80m2 contemporary art gallery, included original works by each of the artists, which were presented alongside text, photo and video documentation of the residency including a 20 minute documentary.

Participating artists:
Pamela Arce  (Peru)
Elliot Túpac (Peru)
Alejandro Jaime (Peru)
Decertor (Peru)
Eduardo Valdez (Peru)
Eliana Otta y Diego Vizcarra (Peru)
Jade (Peru)
Lima Foto Libre (Peru)
Marco Sueño (Peru)
Naf (Pepo Urteaga) (Peru)
Santiago Roose (Peru)
Sebastian Solari (Peru)
Raura Oblitas (Peru)

HAWAPI 2013 was made possible thanks to the support of:
Centro Cultural de España
La Municipalidad de Pisco
Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides

An abandoned building in Pisco.

Alejandro Jaime painted miniature landscapes depicting the nearby village of Paracas, which is one of Peru's top tourist attractions, on the walls of collapsed buildings throughout the city. He then used debris from the collapsed buildings to create elaborate frames for each oil painting.

A Pisco resident reviews an installation of images collected from the community by Lima Foto Libre.

An abandoned building in Pisco.