Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas (Cusco, Peru)
The Amauta project has its roots in the Andean culture. It seeks to develop and support educational, artistic and cultural art-based media projects that will take root and flourish in Andean communities.
Jean Gagnon © 2007 FDL
Amauta, which means “teacher” in the Quechua language, is a program of the Cusco-based Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas (CBC), an internationally recognized non-profit organization that has worked to benefit Andean communities for more than 30 years. The Amauta Project aims to inculcate contemporary artistic and media practices in the Andean culture by training people from the Cusco valley, many of whom are Quechuan. The project’s core participants include individuals from rural communities, students, and professional artists. Relying on interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange, Amauta hopes to create a vibrant contemporary cultural context for this historically and culturally rich region of Peru.
Many activities will be undertaken to promote cultural and humanistic expressions that delve into the Andean universe and to support intercultural research, creative production and education with new media technologies among the rural and mestizo communities of the region. These activities include the development of curricula and pedagogical plans for an articulated series of workshops that focus on the audiovisual and new media arts field; the training of a core of 12 students in audiovisual and new media arts production and post-production, with the students becoming trainers themselves; and student productions.
The CBC first initiated in 2003 with the help of the Daniel Langlois Foundation a small lab, the Andean Media Art Center - Cusco. Many activities have been developed since then, both in Cusco and its surrounding communities, such as workshops and seminars for the local community (by designers Eric Cruz, Edwin Roses and Annelise Palouda, video-artist Bruce Yonemoto, director Joshua Homnick, media theorist Nils Roller, and Apple trainer Rocio Martinez); Art in Motion exhibitions with Bruce Yonemoto; a European documentary series; and translation into Quechua of four films by Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Sanjinés exhibited in 12 rural communities.