BABE-22 Interview with Nelly Miriam Ramírez Ballón

Document date: 01 November 2014

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8 photographs.

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Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy; Musa, Samir

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Location of the interview: Italy - Turin - Circoscrizione 3, Torino.
Provenance of the intervieew: Peru - Ica
Name of the interviewer: Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy

Nelly Miriam Ramírez Ballón, emigrated to Turin where she completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. She made use of her Spanish paternal great-grandmother's art in order to narrate her experience of migration to Italy, including an engraving from the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

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Archivist Notes

The photographs are part of a setting up carried out at the Circoscrizione 3 cultural space of Turin. In the photographs, besides the artist, compare the old lady to whom she cared of. Photo BABE-022_01 and BABE-022_06 “Respiradero u ojo” (Breather or eye), Nasca Aqueduct. Oil on linen 55 cm X 24 cm. “Los habitantes de la antigua cultura nasca Pre-Inca, han construido más de 30 canales subterráneos o acueductos que todavia existen, uno de los más visitados es Cantalloc, ubicado a 4 kilómetros de la ciudad de Nasca. Los trabajos de ingeniería idraúlica es sorprendente, estas galerías subterráneas capturaban las filtraciones del agua del subsuelo y era transportado atraverso estos canales ligeramente inclinados hacia los pozos de donde eran controladas las irrigaciones. Los acueductos fueron construidos con materiales de la zona como piedras planas y huarango un árbol típico iqueño. El respiradero u ojo de un acueducto servía para ejecutar los trabajos de limpieza periodicamente. Estos canales siguen siendo aprovechados por los agricultores locales de la provincia de Nasca” [Trad. "The inhabitants of the ancient Pre-Inca Nasca culture, have built more than 30 underground channels or aqueducts that still exist, one of the most visited is Cantalloc which is located at 4 kilometres from the city of Nasca. The works of hydraulic engineering are amazing, these underground galleries captured the filtrations of the water from the subsoil and it was transported through these slightly inclined channels to the wells from where the irrigations of the cultivable lands were controlled. The aqueducts were built with local materials such as flat stones and huarango, a typical Iqueño tree. The vent or eye of an aqueduct was used to carry out the cleaning works periodically. These canals are still used by the local farmers of the province of Nasca"] (Mail di Nelly Miriam Ramirez Bayon of 9 February 2015). See also documentary "Non posso dire di essere peruviana, ma un miscuglio" (Italy, 32', 2017, Giulia Cinisselli and Leslie Hernández Nova For the clearence see the dossier BABE-021.

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