César Cornejo, model of MoCA installation for Galeria Lucia de la Puente at Art Basel Miami, 2011. Cardboard, wood, and paper, 42 x 50 x 45 cm.

Peru’s Contemporary Sculptors: Crafting New Social and Cultural Identities

Peru’s sculptors range broadly in ethnicity, processes, and materials, yet many share a keen awareness of their country’s cultural heritage. With a new president, a new culture minister, and surging tourism, Peru is still struggling to overcome its legacy of gang, cult, and government violence (an ongoing dilemma that resulted in more than 60,000 murders during the 1980s and ’90s), racism, and poverty. From the capital city of Lima to Cuzco, to the town of Puno, Peruvian culture today continues to blend the historic and the modern.