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  • ICAA Record ID
    1142964
    TITLE
    El kitsch sexual : 2 objectos / Hugo Salazar del Alcázar
    IN
    Socialismo y participación (Lima, Perú). -- No. 24 (Dic.1983)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 113-120 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Salazar del Alcazar, Hugo. "El kitsch sexual : 2 objectos." Socialismo y participación (Lima, Perú). -- No. 24 (December 1983): 113-120.
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Synopsis

In this essay the author Hugo Salazar discusses how different social groups in Peru use kitsch or “huachafo” words to express their particular tastes in discriminatory terms. He reviews the evolution of the latter Peruvian expression in the early twentieth century, and then refers to several authors to trace the etymology of the word kitsch. He suggests that, in order to understand the “kitsch” universe, one must first explore the connections between art and everyday life. He then addresses the concept of kitsch used as a substitute for sex, quoting from Freudian theory. He concludes by referring to a morphological analysis of two objects: a glass with a naked woman printed on the inner surface, and a toilet paper holder made of synthetic thread. He notes how people ritualize sexuality, creating myths about it and enshrining it in “simple, everyday” objects that “can be constantly and wistfully handled by sexually repressed societies like ours.”     

Annotations

This is the last of three articles about kitsch written by Hugo Salazar [see the other two in the ICAA digital archive: “Kitsch, cultura y sociedad” (doc. no. 1142948); and “El kitsch erótico” (doc. no. 1142917)].

 

Hugo Salazar del Alcázar was a poet, researcher, writer, social communicator, and cultural commentator. Most of his writings and activities were concerned with the theater in Peru, but he was also interested in the visual arts and its phenomenology. He contributed to a number of local magazines and publications, and was one of the first to write about kitsch, trying to understand the connection between mass culture and the urban aesthetic expressed by migrant groups in contemporary Peruvian society. Though he was not an artist in the strictest sense of the word, he was a member of several groups, such as Signo x Signo (1979–81), with which he collaborated on a number of different projects.

Researcher
Daniel Contreras Medina
Team
Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru