Textiles such as this areembroideredby Shipibo-Konibo women from the Ucayali riverine region of the Peruvian Amazon. The geometric design is called kene and itmapsthe interlinkedwaters, trees and animals that make up the landscape there. It also represents the veins in forest leaves and the constellations of stars that are associated with Shipibo-Konibo ancestral time.
Geographical representations in anthropology museums reinforce European perspectives of landscape and history. We have chosen images for our website that illustrate the multiple ways that time and space are represented by Latin American communities. Time can be shown as non-linear and multilayered, while land can be depicted as a dynamic space that includes culturally specific visual codes and cosmology.
The Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research, based at the British Museum:
Experiments with the ways that museum research is conducted and disturbs traditional representations of Latin America.
Supports cultural heritage initiatives that are developed in Latin America and aims to create a network of communities that are interested in the heritage and material culture of the region.
Gives Latin American collections greater visibility and seeks to broaden the audiences who typically engage with Latin American contemporary and archaeological material.