Venuca Evanán Vivanco
Venuca Evanán Vivanco (Lima, 1987) is an artist and heir to the artistic traditions and expressions of the Sarhua community, and a member of the Asociación de Artistas Populares de Sarhua [Association of Sarhua Popular Artists] (ADAPS). She has more than seventeen years of experience in the production, dissemination and promotion of the tablas of Sarhua, using traditional materials and techniques like naturally-colored soils and a bird’s feather for the outlines. Her works focus on the customs and legends of Sarhua, migration and the reevaluation of Sarhuina women. In 2019 she was awarded the Premio Kuna Expressions by the company Kuna at the Feria de arte Art Lima. Venuca was a finalist for the XI Concurso Nacional de Pintura del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (BCRP) in 2019 and winner of the 2020 ICPNA contemporary art competition. She has participated in the group shows Resistance and Change: Tablas of Sarhua, Contemporary Paintings from the Peruvian Andes at the Pensacola Museum of Art (2019); Religion in the Andes at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music (2020); and Negar el desierto [Denying the Desert] in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima. Venuca has given explanatory workshops on the production of tablas of Sarhua in the Centro Cultural de España, the Museo Nacional Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú, the Museo de Sitio Puruchuco, Lugar de la Memoria (LUM), the Museo del BR (now Museo Central), the Asociación de Artistas Populares de Sarhua, Galpón Espacio, the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), the Fundación Euroidiomas, and in the Sarhua community itself.