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In this essay, Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde maintains that the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas is not cause for celebration but rather of mourning. Using an emphatic tone, Velarde contends that what people describe as “cultural encounters” between Europeans and indigenous people in the Americas is no more than a euphemism used to hide the violence and the genocide perpetrated in the so-called New World. The author concludes this short essay by calling for the validation of the arts and culture of indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Born in 1962 in Cuzco, Peru, Kukuli Velarde is a painter and sculptor whose work draws on Inca and Andean art from Pre-Columbian and colonial eras. Velarde migrated to New York City in 1987 and studied with artist Juan Sanchez at Hunter College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1992. Velarde, who currently lives and works in Philadelphia (PA), was active in the New York art scene in the 1990s.
The catalogue and exhibition, Remerica! Amerika, was part of a national effort by artists in the United States and Puerto Rico to respond critically to the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Remerica! Amerika, held from September 8 to October 30, 1992, was curated by the artist/activist Juan Sanchez, painter, printmaker, and professor of fine arts at Hunter College, New York, NY. At the time of the exhibition and publication of its catalog, Miguelangel Ruiz was an MFA student at Hunter College.