Resilience of a woman.
Inka, a 48-year-old, life-loving, energetic woman and a mother of two girls, who is also a breast cancer survivor asked me to create nude portraits with her.
The purpose of these photographs is to prove that a woman can learn to feel comfortable in her new body and radiate feminine energy, even though she has lost both her breasts in fighting the disease.
Inka decided not to undergo reconstructive surgery.
Raqch'i, Temple of Wiracocha
# San Pedro, Ica 02326, Peru
The Inka site at Raqch'i was a primary control point on a road system that originated in Cusco and expanded as the Inka empire grew. It is located in a valley known for sacred sites.
The most prominent structure is the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure. Prior to its destruction by the Spaniards, the temple had what is believed to be the largest single gable roof in the Incan Empire, know having its peak at the central wall, then stretching over the columns and some 25 metres (82 ft) beyond on each side. The Spaniards built their own churches in the shadows of the remains.
Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all things are created, and intimately associated with the sea.
Hey, I took a video!
The Inka : leader of the ancient people of Peru and more now levitates in the streets of Lima downtown
It's always good to find these street performers around so you can let your imagination fly a bit
Let's hope things get better for more of them to show up and bring magick to us
Have a nice day/night ☺️...
Renata Flores, 19, is part of a generation of Peruvian musicians combining the bouncing beats of Latin trap, rap and reggaeton with the sounds, and language, of the Andean countryside.
In the last few decades, internal migration has transformed Latin America into the most urbanized region in the world, but Indigenous languages — spoken by millions who have moved to the cities — have often been dismissed as the speech of poor farmers and relegated to nostalgic cultural spaces, including festivals and museums.
The message conveyed to Quechua speakers is that their identities are part of the region’s past.
In Peru, artists like Ms. Flores and the promoters of urban Andean music — sometimes called rap Andino or Inka trap — are presenting Quechua speakers as also integral to their country’s future.
“There are people with strong criticism who say, ‘This is an aberration,’” said Liberato Kani, 26, one of Peru’s best-known Quechua rappers, who sometimes hears from people who say the language of the Inca should stay “in the audio in my museum.”
“But if they’re criticizing,” he went on, “it means they’re listening.”
Ms. Flores and Mr. Kani, along with soundmakers like Kayfex, who recently signed with the Warner Music in the United States, are combining the bouncing beats of Latin trap, rap and reggaeton popularized by artists like Bad Bunny with the sounds of the Peruvian countryside.
These include the melodic whistle of the quena, a wind instrument, and the moaning harps and violins used in the country’s most emblematic musical performance, the scissor dance.
Quechua, which is spoken by an estimated eight million people across at least five countries, was spread across South America by the Inca long before the Spanish arrived.
But there are few instances in which the language is used in media to tackle contemporary concerns.
Ms. Flores takes on female power, government corruption, war and international pop culture polemics.
Her new album, Isqun, or “Nine,” set for release this year, traces “everything that the Andean woman has had to go through, since before and including the arrival of the Spanish to Peru,” over nine songs, she said.
Quechua has survived not only conquest, but the foundation of the region’s independent republics, whose leaders often discouraged the language’s use in an attempt to eliminate Indigenous dissent.
My idea, when photographing Inka, was to approach in the same way as with any other woman who’d ask me to create nudes.
I came to this, after I made a research on the visual representation of women after mastectomy. In many cases, they are pictured in a dramatic or a gloomy way, with the scars covered by their hands, flowers or otherwise. Such a gesture implies to me the feeling of shame, which does not go along with our purpose to empower confidence in women who lost one or both breasts due to cancer.
Inka’s body tells a story, but it’s not only a story of the scars. It is also a story of the rediscovered joy of living, the inner sense of well being, the natural beauty of a woman and many more.
The 9th Sapa Inca (king) of the Kingdom of Cusco, Pachacuti (1318-1471/1472) transformed it into the Inca Empire and led a massive imperial conquest across the South American continent.
Pachacuti actually was not the crown prince--that was his older brother. But he showed an early aptitude for laws, politics, and language, as well as courage and conquest. When his father and older brother fled the city from invades, Pachacuti organized a successful defence and in 1438 was named successor over his brother.
He also started the Inti Raymi-rata, a festival to honor the Incan sun god, Inti. One of the foremost gods in the Incan pantheon and a patron of the Empire, the royal family was often said to be his descendants. Pachacuti in particular was considered the son of the Sun.
[Pachacuti worshipping Inti]
Supposedly at the behest of Inti, Pachacuti led a series of conquest against his neighbours, which he folded into the Empire.
He was also a noted poet and an excellent statesman. His rule over his numerous conquered lands was stable. He is also responsible for the mountain city Machu Picchu, constructed for Pachacuti's personal use. Machu Picchu is now considered on of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
[Machu Picchu, a city in the mountains]
Pachacuti died in 1471 due to illness, leaving his son, Thupa Inca, to take over peacefully.
This paper is about the spatial mechanisms the Inka constructed in order to control time. Prudence Rice (2007) has recently discussed that mechanisms to control time were potent power tools in state-level Mesoamerican societies, such as the Maya. In the fifteenth century, the Inka built an empire in South America yet there is still no consensus as to how exactly they recorded history or reckoned…
So for the end of year I decided to redraw one of my more popular pieces, that of Inka the Bard who I drew at the beginning of the year. So here is this lady’s glow up--and mine too, artistically speaking. Here is the before and after.
I wanted to wait after elections. However, It looks like people are now amplifying the movements and rights from these generational issues. I am motivated to say what I have always wanted to change in the future now. This is part 1 of 2: What I have always wanted was for the indigenous to have their land and their country back. I want us to be decolonize. I have always felt that the flag of Tawantinsuyu 🏳️🌈 is the Peruvian flag and is the flag I only represent. I do not represent the colonizer’s flag 🇵🇪. Our original true flag is really this 🏳️🌈.
These colonizers really tried to erase our whole identity and origin. Diminishing it to nonexistence , but forcing us to take on there Spanish “Peruvian” culture as the dominant identity and culture. Resulting the Afro Peruvian and indigenous culture to be the less appreciated or seen. It’s upsetting as of today, with people constantly amplifying to teach Quechua in schools, to have Quechuan translations on all of our media, writing, public signs, etc. We still have Peruvians putting us down that it’s a waste of time, that it’s a waste of resource, that our identity doesn’t matter, belittling us, telling us lies that there are few speakers and that it’s a waste of money. Do you understand how upsetting it is to constantly almost daily be put down that your whole identity , your whole existence of being does not matter? Because they think it’s ok to erase you and everything that you are. They have erased so much, killed so many in our historical indigenous movements in the past, and it made them angry to oppress us even more to force assimilation to their desirable ideals.
We have many Quechuan words, but did you know that they even oppressed our own words? They replaced the letter k or q from our Quechuan vocabulary with the Spanish letter c because that is their standard letter in their vocabulary. For example, inca is really inka, pullcapa is really pullkapa / pullqapa, Cuzco is really kuzko , Ayacucho is really Ayaqucho /ayakucho, tacna is really takna, cori (gold in Quechua) is qori, etc. After the uprising indigenous rebellion by Tupac Amaru in the very late 1700s, the indigenous resistance and movement still lived on. Yet, the social order oppression in their own country never went away. Why not to this day? Even after our independence in the 1800s , why? Why discredit that we are still indigenous Quechuan speakers in masses, not minority to this day and they still put in their social order oppression? Who benefits from the Spanish rule in Peru that still oppresses the Indigenous and the Afro Peruvians?