In 2015 HAWAPI took place in Huepetuhe, a small mining community in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. For the last 35 years prospectors from across Peru, especially the southern Andean regions of the country have been venturing into this isolated and hostile environment in search of the abundant gold found under the forest floor.

Originally Huepetuhe was a small mining community that relied mostly on artisanal methods of gold extraction, however the surge in global gold prices after the economic crash in 2008 coupled with improved Access via the interoceanic highway which links Peru and Brazil the area saw a vast increase in activity and a shift to more industrial extraction techniques. This rapid growth in unregulated mining has brought considerable economic wealth but also a complex set of social issues including corruption, human trafficking and considerable environmental damage. 

In order to create an open and inclusive platform for dialog HAWAPI constructed a temporary structure in the town’s main plaza, which served as an open-air meeting point and venue for workshops, film screenings and performances. This temporary cultural center was built entirely out of recycled and borrowed materials sourced locally.

The subsequent exhibition was held in the Sala Luis Miroquesada Garland in Lima.

Participating Artists:

Augusto Román y José Bauer (Peru)
Philippe Gruenberg (Peru)
Kiah Reading (Australia)
Colectivo ¿Emergentes? (Peru)
Juan Salas & Nancy La Rosa (Peru)
Michael Candy (Australia)
Oscar Santillán (Ecuador)

HAWAPI 2015 was made possible thanks to the support of:
ArtEdu Stiftung
Municipalidad Distrital de Huepetuhe
Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland
Convento De Santo Domingo Qorikancha
Etiqueta Negra

The village of Huepetuhe next to the riverbed flooded with mine tailings.

The "Kallanka" was designed by two architects from Lima and constructed by them and other HAWAPI participants in the main plaza. It operated as a "temporary cultural centre" for the duration of the project. The structure was constructed entirely out of found and borrowed materials.

Oscar Santillán's piece "Susurro" at the HAWAPI 2015 exhibition. "Susurro" is composed of materials Santillán used in his project of the same name in Huepethue. For Susurro, Santillán went door to door in the village, asking for donations of cord, rope or string which were later connected together to create one continuous length of rope. Santillán then tied one end to the church bell, weaving the rest through the streets of Huepetuhe all the way to the market from where the bell was rung.

The village of Huepetuhe next to the riverbed flooded with mine tailings.