BABE-15 Interview with Juan Alberto Salazar Orsi

Document date: 18 November 2011

Identity Statement

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Extent and Medium

1 genealogy; 1 object.

Reference Archivists

Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy; Musa, Samir

Content and Structure


Location of the interview: Italy - Turin - House of artist, Falchera (Turin).
Provenance of the intervieew: Peru - Pucallpa
Name of the interviewer: Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy

Juan Orsi, a Peruvian artist of Italian origins, reflects on the transmission of a "migratory duty" received from his Piedmontese great-grandfather, Luigi Armando Domenico Orsi Schinoni (born in Tortona on August 14, 1850), who emigrated to Peru. The artist, who emigrated to Italy and now lives in Falchera in Turin, discusses the emotional ties between Europe and his homeland and explains the Shipibo worldview (the indigenous population from the Peruvian forest of Pucallpa). He describes Shipibo geometry as a plastic and artistic language through which he can express his experiences as an artist, as an immigrant, and as an individual with a multicultural identity. The production of the witness correspondes as following: 1 family genealogy; 1 textile made indigenous individuals from the Shipibo community.

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Allied Materials

Associated Material

BABE-9; BABE-16; BABE-17; BABE-53


Archivist Notes

Pilot interview of the BABE project which was used to write the project presented for the ERC Advanced Grant. The case study was analyzed and published in "Confluenze. Rivista di studi iberoamericani" as an article entitled 'Geografías emotivas y culturales de un artista peruano inmigrado en Europa' (vol. 5 n. 2 (2013), pp. 28-44). Also related to this interview: a second individual interview with the artist (BABE-016), a collective interview with Edith Vazquez (a Mexican photographer) and his son Geinsen Luigi Salazar for the construction of a photography-based project (BABE-009), an interview with his son (BABE-017), and the participant observation within the exhibition of the project set up at the Merz Foundation (BABE-053). The interview was deposited in the Archive Fondazione Sella of Biella and the Audio-Archive of Migrition between Latin America adn Europe AREIA of Genoa. (HD red) OR This is the pilot BABE interview which was used during the creation of the report presented for the ERC Advanced Grant. It was analyzed and published as a case study in 'Emotional and Cultural Geographies of a Peruvian Artist Immigrating to Europe' ("Confluenze. Journal of Ibero-American Studies", vol. 5, no. 2, 2013, pp. 28-44). See also the second interview with the artist (BABE-016), the group interview with Edith Vazquez (a Mexican photographer) and his son, Geinsen Luigi Salazar, for a photography-based project (BABE-009), the individual interview with his son (BABE-017), and the participant observation for the Merz Foundation exhibition (BABE-053). The interview was deposited with the 'Archive Fondazione Sella of Biella' and the Audio-Archive of Migration Between Latin America and Europe (AREIA) in Genoa.

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