The Quipu Project

18 February 2017

This week we are including links to the Quipu Project, this ‘living documentary’ created by a group for people in Peru and in the United Kingdom, directed by Maria Court and Rosemary Lerner and produced by Chaka Studios. Here is the link to the project

Quipu aims to provide a resource for those who were forcefully sterilised in Peru during the 1990s, providing them with a space from which to share their experiences. It builds on the idea of the quipu, the ancient Andean system of recording through tying of knots on string. Thus the project seeks to enable people share their stories, both as victims but also allowing those who listen to their accounts to record messages of solidarity.

It is inter-active in that it works with individuals recording messages by mobile phone and then storing them and making them possible to be shared on a web platform.

Last weekend the Quipu project was featured in The Guardian. Over the past year, since its official launch, it has have received numerous awards. It has also received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK to continue to work in trying to get more people to know and understand what happened during the Fujimori regime when, for a period of four years, sterilisation affected nearly 300,000 women and 30,000 men. They underwent procedures at the behest of health officials acting under instructions from then president Fujimori, often without their consent or any real understanding of what they meant.

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