Saturday, March 24, 2012

El Depa

As stark-white as the fog in Miraflores, our apartment is a stone's throw away from the road to the beach, la Bajada Balta.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

¡Más salsa por favor!

 More photographs from La Otra Salsa Restobar. This is a very typical dish, la causa, which is made of layers of yellow potato and, in this case, shrimp salad. It is said that it was named during the Pacific War against Chile as a good "cause" for soldiers to defend Peru. I also heard that Generals Bolivar and San Martín coined it after a delicious meal.

 In the kitchen with Daniel.

 The view (and Franco!)

 I love the pyramidal rice and the staircase of avocado.

Mmmmmmmm..... that's what I had!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Daniel Pajuelo y Susana Baca

Possibly the only photo of me "at work".

La Calle es el Cielo, a great exhibition of the late Daniel Pajuelo's photographs. I worked with the curators to find spaces on Jirón de la Unión to paste large-scale images on the street. See more of his work here.

Speaking of Susana Baca, there she is on the left! A well-known Afro-Peruvian singer and the first woman to become the Minister of Culture in Peru, I grew up listening to her version of "Maria Landó" at home. I just had to speak to her-- and she was tickled when I was somehow possessed into telling her that her music was the reason I came to Peru... hey, maybe on some level it was!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Los Gallinazos

 You've seen this guy on my balcony before-- well he's back! I thought he was some kind of death omen, but these buzzards are very common. So much so that there's a Afro-Peruvian folk song named after them, sang by Susana Baca, called Los Gallinazos.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Nosotras estamos en la calle

The first day of painting comes to a close after a few bumps in the road. Eighteen female artists ended up participating here at the Plazuela de la Democracia-- a huge feat for a two day event.

Next day: The vision is to have all of the women-themed images surrounded by water.

Monica Miros is ready to head to the top of the scaffolding.

None other than the Center of Lima's very own Superman!

The artists celebrate a job well done at the end of day two.

The final product, photographed by el Decertor. The neighbors, who seemed conservative and cautious at first, were blown away, while other artists were not as impressed by the number of styles. All in all, it came together, and Nosotroas Estamos en la Calle will continue to celebrate female artists in Lima.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fieldwork and Gold Trim

El Decertor continues to impress (and intimidate) with his work on Calle Ocoña, Center of Lima.

Municipal workers prepare to paint the façade AROUND the graffiti in order to give the street a cleaner feel. Lesson learned: always do a base first. But we've come a long way: under the Castañeda administration, all street art was immediately covered with white paint (not a very effective way to prevent further graffiti).

If this doesn't prevent public urination, what will? Also by el Decertor.


Meeting at the beautifully restored Municipal Theatre.

To the left sit singers performing in the Women's Day event to be held later this week. To the right sit Gloria Lescano, Head of Cultural Promotion, and Pedro Pablo Alayza, Chief Manager of Culture for Lima's Metropolitan Municipality.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Vistas Municipales

An illusive office mate.

The Northwest view includes the beautiful building which used to be Lima's post office, and the hills that bolster the Rimac district.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Piero Andrés

Back in El Callao, visiting Manolo and his delicious ceviche.

Tempora and the brand-new, Piero Andrés.

Con Rodrigo.


Religious fanaticism, another kind of urban art.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Latir Latino 2012

Participants of Latir Latino 2012 paint giant white cubes in the Parque Kennedy of Miraflores.

 Jade paints (and shows off his Jade T-shirt!)

 Strolling near Miraflores' Malecón, I find more Latir Latino interventions interspersed throughout the streets. This one's by Bater from Argentina.

 Argentina's Triangulo Dorado, a group made up of three brothers (two of which came to Lima).

 Charquipunk from Chile.

 Jaz from Argentina.

 Corona from Argentina.

 El Decertor and his puzzle.


Foreground image by Entes, Miraflores background.

Incredible piece by Jaz on Avenida Benavides. The black ink is actually some kind of oil, possible petrol or tar, which gives it that sheen.

The beginning of a collaboration by La Pandilla and Ever.