El Triángulo Terrestre

In the space where the Perú-Chile border meets the Pacific coastline, lies a triangle of approximately 3.7 hectares. Known as the “Triángulo Terrestre”, this piece of land has been causing diplomatic disputes between the two nations since the middle of the 20th century.

Despite its relatively small size (equivalent to Parque Kennedy in Lima or Madison Square Park in New York) and having no agricultural, commercial or strategic value the Triángulo Terrestre has been in dispute since the signing of the 1929 treaty between Perú and Chile. The disputed land has acquired a symbolic value employed at different times by the governments of each country for political purposes.

In April 2017, HAWAPI, in partnership with Galería Metropolitana (Chile) took a group of 13 artists (5 Peruvians, 5 Chileans, 1 Bolivian, 1 Israeli and 1 North American) to camp in Santa Rosa—the closest village to the “Triángulo Terrestre”. During four days camping on site, the group generated a series of artistic interventions and actions to contemplate in situ the social, political, economic and physical impact created by this dispute; before moving to Tacna where they staged an exhibition of their work in the independent cultural centre, Laramamango.

This edition of HAWAPI was included in the BienalSUR and staged exhibitions in Tacna (Laramamango cultural Centre), Lima (Casona San Marcos) and Santiago de Chile (Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos).

Participating Artists:

Ishmael Randall Weeks (Peru)
Andrés Pereira Paz (Bolivia)
Elizabeth Vásquez Arbulú (Peru)
Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira (Chile)
Konantü - Iván Navarro (Chile) y Coutney Smith (US)
Yoav Horesh (Israel)
Fernando “Huanchaco” Guttiérez (Peru)
Agencia de Borde - Sebastián Melo, María-Rosario Montero & Paula Sala (Chile)
Sergio Abugattás (Peru)
Corinna Sy (Germany)
Gabriel Acevedo (Peru)


HAWAPI 2017 was made possible thanks to the support of:
BienalSur – Bienal Internacional de Arte Contempoáneo de América del Sur
Galería Metropolitana
Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Cerrillos
Colectivo Laramamango
Centro Cultural de San Marcos
Destilería Andina
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View of the Triángulo Terrestre.

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The HAWAPI 2017 campsite.

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Installation view, HAWAPI: El Triángulo Terrestre exhibition held in October 2017 at Casona San Marcos, Lima.

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View of the Triángulo Terrestre.

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