Kukuli Velarde talks about her feminist ceramic reinterpretations of pre-Columbian sculptures and what prompted their historical and social concerns. She discusses themes of identity and cultural appropriation, and how social injustice has fueled her work in recent decades.
Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in the United States since 1987. She has received awards and grants such as the Guggenheim Fellowship (New York- 2015), the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant (New York- 2012), the United States Artists-Knight fellowship (California- 2009), the Pew fellowship in Visual Arts (Pennsylvania- 2003), the Anonymous is a Woman award (New York- 2000), the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (New York- 1997), among others. In 2013 her project CORPUS received the Grand Prize at the Gyeonggi Ceramics Biennial in South Korea.