El Porvenir translates into ‘the future’ or ‘the world becoming’ and in Latin America is often used as a word to denote a place, especially amongst deprived areas. It speaks of an expectation or aspiration of a future to come, and carries with it a conjunction of speculations. In the context of a developing country, there seems to be a greater fixation on and longing for the future, as a place where a better quality of living can be achieved.
The exhibition imposes a sense that one is entering a room containing archaeological artefacts which can be seen as the remains of a civilization, urban ruins that describe a particular culture and a desire for new potential – a visual chronicle of Peru’s current state. The works in El Porvenir point to the future rather than the past, and even though they hint at melancholy or mourning, they are in fact a platform, proposing a liberated place awash with new and unexpected blossomings.