In order to understand the social and political issues faced by the Peruvian community in the present day, it is necessary to get acquainted with one of the most significant moments of its history: The “colonial Knot” – The systems put in place after the arrival of European colonizers to the American continent. By crafting a communal experience centered around the mealspace, a key element in Peruvian Identity, I hope to bring awareness to the social tensions, violent structures and remnants of colonial rule that persist to this day. In developing an uncomfortable experience, I am researching whether exposure to objects derived from shared history can serve as effective conversation starters. Accepting, Embracing and Understanding the implications of the colonial knot is the first step towards building a more braided and common Peruvian Identity and Experience.
As you enter the dining room, you're intrigued by finding something unexpected. Instead of a traditional setting, you are presented with this. An unfamiliar platform. A dark environment. Above, a low hanging flame. Inviting you closer
Will you come closer? Will you gather around the fire? When there's people you don't know, people who are different from you... how do you behave?
Where do you situate yourself? And what does it mean? Is there a head where you feel in control? Do you want to stay hidden by the sides? What do these choices say about you? About society? About your culture and your traditions?
Who's missing from your table? Are you willing to listen to their voices?
Theory of Change
What does it take to undo the damage created by the Colonial knot? How can awareness on violence and discomfort be created? Is it enough to create awareness, and acknowledgement? How is collective action enacted?
- Design Engineering
- Digital + Media
- Furniture Design
- Global Arts and Cultures
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Design
- Interior Architecture
- Jewelry + Metalsmithing
- Landscape Architecture
- Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies