Sharon Pérez with Andrés Medina Cerrogrande in her fieldwork in las Yungas, Bolivia
‘The Mask is Looking at Us’ is the result of a journey that started with a fieldwork trip in Bolivia followed by a visit to the Andean carnival masks collection in the British Museum. In her performance and along the process of creation, Sharon reflects on Afro-representation and black identities in Latin America and the Andes.
“Heritage cannot be something that denigrates a community, that tramples like straw the historical values of peoples and their identity”, says the Afro-Bolivian historian Juan Angola Maconde when referring to Afro-descendant representation in Andean carnival dances. Sharon visited him among other community representatives during her fieldwork in Bolivia.
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