>>>Pisco is a small fishing and port town on the arid coast of Peru. In August of 2007 a massive 8.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Pisco. Seven years later the city is still struggling to recover structurally, socially and economically.
The artists who took part in the second edition of the Project were: Alejandro Jaime, Decertor, Eliana Otta y Diego Vizcarra, Elliot Tupac, Jade, Lima Foto Libre, Marco Sueño, NAF, Raura Oblitas, Santiago Roos, Eduardo Valdez, Pamela Arce, Celine Wald, Dana Bonnilla y Lali Cienfuegos.
In total more than 20 public sculptures, murals and installations were made during the course of the event.
////2012 CERRO DE PASCO////
>>>Cerro de Pasco is a mining city high in the Peruvian Andes which has suffered severe environmental contamination and social unrest due to the vast open pit mining activities which it is built around.
The artists who took part in the first edition of the Project were: Escif, Daniela Ortiz y Xose Quiroga, Decertor, Ishmael Randal Weeks, Eliot Tupac, Elizabeth Lino, Bastardilla, Radio, Jade Rivera, Kathryn Paucar, Olfer Leonardo, Eduardo Valdez, Lali Cienfuegos y Celine Wald, Susie Quillinan, Joachim Holland y Eugenia Lim.
In total more than 25 public sculptures, murals and installations were made during the course of the event.
////HAWAPI 2017 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 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).
////HAWAPI 2015 Huepetuhe////
>>>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 .
>>>The 2014 edition of HAWAPI was held at the foot of Pariacaca, a glacier located in the central Andes between the provinces of Lima and Junin. The Pariacaca glacier feeds Lima’s four major rivers and is the city's most important source of water for agriculture, electricity generation and potable water. Peru has the largest concentration of tropical glaciers in the world and these are considered some of the most vulnerable regions under threat from global warming.
In this edition of the project 24 participants took up residence at a basecamp with an elevation of 4,400m above sea level. The camp was lacated two hours by foot from the nearest village and all the materials, tools and supplies needed for the project were carried on the backs of llamas. During the course of the residency our only contact with the outside world was via satelite phone in case of emergencies.
The 2014 HAWAPI exhibition was held at the Lima Museum of Contemporary Art and coincided with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which took place in Lima.
The exhibition was accompanied by an 150 page publication covering the recidency on location which can be downloaded here.