BABE-26 Interview with Blanca Elia MontoyaDocument date: 07 August 2013
3 drawings; 2 genealogies; 1 textual record; 1 timeline; 63 photographs; 1 Album photos; transcripts, 5 videos.
Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy; Musa, Samir
Content and Structure
Location of the interview: Italy - Turin - Sala di danza, Via Rosetti 7, Torino.
Provenance of the intervieew: Peru - Chulucanas
Name of the interviewer: Hernández Nova, Leslie Nancy
Blanca was born on 11 February 1967 in a city in the north of Peru named Piura. She remembers almost nothing of Piura as she moved with her parents and sister to a small town called Poroto near Trujillo, where she began secondary school, and later to Lima, where she finished secondary school. In 1989, Blanca began working as a babysitter for an Italian-Peruvian family, including X, a textile entrepreneur from Biella Luca Alvigini, the Peruvian born Adelaida Elena Indacochea (also known as Musi), and their first daughter, Vera. Blanca emigrated back to Turin where she married a man from southern Italy who worked for FIAT and had two children, Chiara and Pablo, with him. She was the first person to be interviewed by the researcher (19 July 2002, Turin) and the first to draw during the interview. This method of capturing visual memory, initiated by Leslie Hernández Nova and adopted into the methodology of the BABE project, has, to a certain degree, its origins in this interview as it marks the first translation from an oral interview to a visual medium with Blanca Elia Montoya explaining the place of origin and the internal migratory trajectory in Peru with her 2002 drawing. The production of the witness corresponds as following: 3 drawings of the migratory trajectory (2002, 2008, 2016); 1 genealogy report; 1 representation of Chinese origins; the genealogy of Sella's family (her employers), 1 timeline of the family's migration; 34 photographs of Poroto with the researcher in 2008 (the city where she emigrated as a child with her family); 1 individual photography project including 29 photographs about her arrives in Italy; transcripts of the 2002 and 2008 interviews in a fieldwork notebook of the researcher; 1 Album photos of fieldwork in Peru; 5 video recordings of Chiara Micchienzi and Alessandro Ramos performing the marinera.
Peru, Visual Memory, Mobility experiences towars Europe
Conditions of Access and Use
Electronic File, Map/Drawing, Photograph, Textual, Video
She was the first person to be interviewed by the researcher (19 July 2002, Turin) and the first to draw during the interview. This method of capturing visual memory, initiated by Leslie Hernández Nova and adopted into the methodology of the BABE project, has, to a certain degree, its origins in this interview as it marks the first translation from an oral interview to a visual medium with Blanca Elia Montoya explaining the place of origin and the internal migratory trajectory in Peru with her 2002 drawing. See other interviews with Blanca Montoya by Leslie Hernández Nova after the initial one: the 2002 interview for Leslie's thesis in international relations (international award for the best thesis on Turin), the 2005 interview for Leslie's doctoral thesis in Contemporary History directed by Luisa Passerini, Chiara Vangelista and Dora Marucco "La memoria collettiva delle donne peruviane di Torino: Storie di migrazioni (1985-2005)" (interview preserved by the Audio-archive of migrations between Europe and Latin America AREIA (www.areia-aiar.org), and the November 27, 2008 interview for the research funded by the Sella Foundation of Biella on the stories of migration between Peru and Italy through which the commercial exchanges of noble fibbers were studied (interview preserved by the Historical Archive of the Sella Foundation in Biella). Regarding the interviews carried out with Blanca for the BABE project, see BABE-026 clearence, the joint interview with her daughter (BABE-025), participant observation during the European marine competition (BABE-057), and participant observation in the project's exhibition at the Fondazione Merz of Turin (BABE-053). The interviewee provided several photographs narrating her experience of migration from Peru to Biella in 1989. The transcripts and all her original drawings of previous interviews from our first interview in 19 June 2002 were attached to this dossier. Correspondence between Luisa Passerini and Leslie Hernández of 14-15 April 2012, an exchange which explains the first idea and use of the visual approach for understanding the cultural itineraries of migration by Leslie Hernández Nova during the drafting of the Babe research project.