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Theartistry

ofGuaman
Poma
By
Valerie
Fraser

ValerieFraser
Valerie Fraser specializes in the art and architecture of
Latin America and Spain with particular emphasis on the
early colonial period and the 20th/21st centuries. She is
Chair of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
(ESCALA).Shehaswonanumberofmajorawardsfrom
the AHRC including funding for a fullyillustrated online
catalogueofESCALA,andiscurrentlyoverseeingathree
year AHRCfunded research project (20092012) entitled
MeetingMargins:TransnationalArtinLatinAmericaand
Europe 19501978 which is in collaboration with the
University of the Arts London and investigates artistic
relations between Europe and Latin America in the post
war period. She has worked on a number of exhibitions
including Kahlo's Contemporaries held at the University
Gallery in 2005, and Latin American Art: Contexts and
Accomplices at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East
Anglia,2004.

GuamanPomadeAyala

Motif
Althoughthetexthasbeenusedbyscholarsto
identifypatternsofthought,conceptsof
cosmology,history,geography,andculture
thatcorrespondtoanonEuropeanworldview,
andtoexploretheimpactoftheconqueston
theAndeanmind,thereisalacunaein
GuamanPomascholarshipinanyserious
considerationofthemanuscriptasobject,asa
workofart.

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Image

The artistry of the object