The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo

The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo
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The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo
The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo
The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo
The Brutality of Civil War - Retablo
SKU: PRTB-115

Claudio Jimenez Quispé (Peru), 2016
Painted plaster sculpture in painted wood box
(7" h. x 6 1/2" w. x 2" d.).

This little retablo is both a masterpiece of Claudio Jimenez's miniature work and a chilling historical document.  It tells the story of Peru's bitter civil war between the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerilla group and the Peruvian military through the experience of Claudio's own family.  We see time compressed with masked soldiers tying, torturing and killing naked peasants in the background, while the central foreground (and present day) image is of a forensic exhumation of the grave of one of Claudio's relatives - white-coated technician examining a bone with a magnifying glass while a grieving woman and her children look on.

Claudio Jimenez Quispe at International Folk Art Market Santa Fe, NM, July 2004

Claudio Jimenez Quispé is an internationally renowned maker of retablos. Originally from a famous family of retablo makers in Ayacucho, he now works in Lima. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and he frequently demonstrates his exquisite technique, as at Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market. Other members of his family, such as siblings Nicario, Eleudora and Mabilon, and nephew and niece Luis and Julia Huamani Rodriguez are also skilled retablistas.

$390
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