A PLACE IN BOLIVIA                                                                                          Click on thumbnails in gallery below to view larger image

This exhibition is the second in the Place Matters series about the importance of community, cultural identity and connection to place. It consists of fifty-one framed silver gelatin and ultrachrome images, a soundscape, and interactive items to touch and smell.

I travel to Bolivia in 2003, funded by Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australian Government through Arts Queensland. My guide is Miguel Ayma Tuco, the cousin of Evo Morales Ayma, Indigenous leader.

The popular uprising in Bolivia during my visit, in resistance to the privatisation of their gas and its control by America, leads to the resignation of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada and the rise to power of Evo Morales Ayma, the first democratically elected Indigenous President. Seventy-eight people are killed and four hundred injured during the uprising.

Miguel introduces me to his Aymara family and the vibrant, passionate lives of Bolivia. The way of life in Bolivia is epitomised in how we get in a car to go somewhere and within minutes we are stopping to chat with someone passing on the street, and another, and another, until a small car of eight people trundles three hours late to its destination, or maybe never even gets there; amidst the laughter and the chatter, that never really matters. What is important is the people. Perhaps it is just the people I meet; I don’t claim to be an authority on Bolivia. But somehow I feel that the country does dance to a different tune.

Orinoca Square
Orinoca -Afternoon

web design (C) 2010-15 Mike Meade   all audio, images, videos and writings (C) 2010-17 Judith Parrott