Rodrigo Quijano (b. 1965) is a curator and art critic. He was a founding member of the Lima group La Culpable and director of the Espacio Ex La Culpable, an independent art gallery. He has contributed to Peruvian publications and others farther afield. He has written books of poetry, and was a member of the editorial board of the important Peruvian magazine Hueso Húmero, where this essay appeared.
This essay, in which Quijano presents a broad overview of Peruvian art and its cultural and historical context during the 1990s, appeared in the catalogue for Puntos Cardinales 2001. 4 artistas visuales peruanos, the exhibition presented at the Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland in Miraflores (Lima). The event included works by four artists—Fernando Bryce (b. 1965), Iván Esquivel (b. 1971), Sandra Gamarra (b. 1972), and Gilda Mantilla (b. 1967)—curated by the QUIDAM project, which was directed by the Peruvian art critic Jorge Villacorta (b. 1958) and Cécile Zoonens (June–October 2001).
[As complementary reading about this group, see the following articles by Rodrigo Quijano in the ICAA digital archive: “La ciudad: el camello por el ojo de la aguja” (1293706); “Historia, modernidad y ruina peruana: notas sobre identidad y espacio en la obra de Carlos Runcie Tanaka” (1293738); and “El Museo Hawai: una naturaleza muerta de la cultura: notas acerca de la serie The Progress of Peru” (1146533)].