Lima

Juan José Olavarría, Padre, eres tú o no eres o quién eres? (Father, Is It You or Not or Who Are You?), 2016, earth and oil on canvas, 47 1⁄4 × 78 3⁄4".

Juan José Olavarría, Padre, eres tú o no eres o quién eres? (Father, Is It You or Not or Who Are You?), 2016, earth and oil on canvas, 47 1⁄4 × 78 3⁄4".

Juan José Olavarría

Galería de la Municipalidad de Lima Pancho Fierro

A few days before Peru reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic with a total lockdown, the Galería de la Municipalidad de Lima Pancho Fierro, located downtown, near the capital city’s usually populous main square, opened a show by Juan José Olavarría titled “La locura más peligrosa de América” (America’s Most Threatening Madness), curated by Fabiola Arroyo. While I was able to visit the show only digitally, it might very well have been the most compelling and dramatic account to date of the humanitarian crisis affecting the American continent caused by the migratory flux of Venezuelan exiles. Fleeing the catastrophic situation of their homeland, 4.5 million Venezuelans have relocated since 2015, and Peru—otherwise a country with few immigrants—has welcomed more than 750,000 of them. These recent arrivals account for about 2.5 percent of the Peruvian population, and represent a sevenfold increase

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