1996, printed 1999
(Peruvian, b. 1949)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 34 x 34.5 cm (13 3/8 x 13 9/16 in.); Paper: 50.4 x 40.5 cm (19 13/16 x 15 15/16 in.)
Gift of Tom E. Hinson and Diana S. Tittle 2022.69
Edition: edition 11/25
This woman is part Shipibo-Konibo, an Indigenous people who live along the Ucayali River in Peru’s Amazon rain forest.
One of Peru’s most important contemporary photographers, Javier Silva Meinel has been photographing the Indigenous people in the Sierra and Amazon regions of Peru since the 1970s. He seeks, in his images, to evoke the spiritual beliefs of the Andean people. Pucallpa is a major port on the Ucayali River. The Shipibo and Konibo used to be two separate groups but merged through intermarriage. Shipibo means “apemen” and Konibo “fishmen.”
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