ongoing research project by Luis Sanz

In the 1980s Peru was involved in a complex crisis, which was the result of several different crises that had erupted before and whose origins find their roots throughout history of Peru. These events severely sharpened the resulting conflict.

The political violence that broke out was the manifestation of many deeper problems intensified with the situation in which Peru stood. Drug trafficking, corruption, racism, poverty and lack of interest of the state allowed the creation of "liberated zones“ where insurgent groups sought to impose authoritatively on the population.

The state answered to the subversion with counterinsurgency tactics, which caused a high social cost and placed the population between two fires. Especially the indigenous peasants were true victims of this violence.

The population suffered from killings, kidnappings, forced disappearances, torture, unfair detentions and violation of human rights.

During 20 years of armed conflict, the Peruvian population was plunged: nearly 70'000 persons died and some 600'000 persons were forced to leave their houses.

ÑOQAYKU means “WE without you“ in Quechua (andean language).

ÑOQAYKU Is represented in several works, including: performance, video installation and field recordings.

Performance, Research
Quadraphonic Feedback
Duration: 15’00“

ÑOQAYKU - DESAPARECIDOS, is a performance based on a quadraphonic feedback, where the performer‘s voice is between the microphone and the speakers, seeking to make his voice audible, the performer fights against feedbacks, room‘s acoustics and against his own voice.