‘Looking Back Forward_Quip Nayr’ is based on the Aymara concept of time and space called ‘qhip nayr’. As the Bolivian sociologist Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui refers to it, ‘quip nayr’ is a way of looking into the past to orient your path to the future. I use this concept to reflect on processes of change, concerning language, identity and place. Expressing identity on fabric recuperates my ancestors’ tradition from the Andean region in Abya Yala (Latinamerica). The layering of textiles is inspired by Gloria Anzaldúa, who uses fabrics as a synonym to talk about the construction of identity in her concept ‘Haciendo Caras’.
Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
Verena Melgarejo Weinandt is a German-Bolivian artist, curator and researcher. She has studied Fine Arts and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the Instituto Universitario de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. Her artistic works, which address racism, colonialism, healing, identity and empowerment, have been exhibited at the nGbK gallery in Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Salta (Argentina) amongst others. She has curated the exhibitions ‘Wer hat Angst vor dem Museum, una excavación de las heridas coloniales’ at the Weltmuseum Wien and two exhibitions centering on drawings by Chicana writer and theoretician Gloria Anzaldúa in the Main Library Vienna and the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ). Her articles and artistic works have been published in ‚Anti*colonial Fantasies, decolonial Strategies‘ and ‚Curating as Anti-Racist Practice‘. She has taught workshops in schools, kindergardens, museums and academic spaces such as the Hochschule Weißensee, UDK Berlin Dance Department SODA, and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Melgarejo Weinandt has been a scholarship holder of „kültür gemma!” She is a founding member of the collective TRENZA and is part of the association Großes Schiff.