Auto Italia, 25 September 2021, 14:00 — 15:00
Chuquimamani-Condori performance still, 2021. Courtesy the artist. Photographer: Henry Mills.

In this event, Chuquimamani-Condori (Elysia Crampton Chuquimia) will share text and image research on embodied cultural heritage that informed the creation of her new moving image work Amaru’s Tongue: Daughter, and explore ideas of memory repression through a range of archival materials drawn from Aymaran histories and cultures, as well as research from neuroscientists Cristina Alberini and Mark Solms.

This event is organised in conjunction with Amaru’s Tongue: Daughter, the first international solo exhibition by US-based artists Chuquimamani-Condori (Elysia Crampton Chuquimia) and Joshua Chuquimia Crampton, a newly commissioned moving image, in which the artists, who are members of the Pakaxa Aymara nation, enact a ceremony for their grandmother and explore their family’s rituals around death. Underpinned by the nation’s abolitionist traditions as inseparable from the Black radical tradition, this project attests to different spacetimes and ways of imagining as ‘abolition geographies’ (Ruthie Gilmore Wilson, 2017).

Programmed by Ignota Books and Auto Italia in cooperation with NTS Radio. The programme has been made possible with the support of Goethe Institut London, Canada House and Art Fund.

Chuquimamani-Condori is an Aymaran multidisciplinary artist and musician. Under the moniker Elysia Crampton Chuquimia, Chuquimamani-Condori has produced multiple critically acclaimed records, including her most recent LP ORCORARA 2010 (2020) released through PAN. Recent presentations include Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (2018); LUMA Westbau, Zurich (2018); Berghain, Berlin (2018); Kunsthal Ulys, Odense (2017); Berlin Biennale (2016); Arika, Glasgow (2016); MoMA PS1, New York City (2016); and Yale Union, Portland (2015). Her first book Amarupachankiri (2021) was published with Puro Fantasia, a publishing house run by Joshua Chuquimia Crampton.