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"JAPARI - Our Living Memory". Online - Exhibition

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

INCOMINDIOS is very pleased to draw your attention to a very special exhibition: JAPARI - Our Living Memory!

This online photo exhibition and at the same time forum aims to invite people to learn about the Shipibo-Konibo culture as well as the magic of kené - ancient Shipibo-Konibo geometric patterns usually depicted on textiles or ceramics.

The Shipibo word JAPARI means "it lives on"; their ancestors' culture, spirituality, knowledge and cosmovision live on in their hearts, memories and kené. Kené adorn the ceramics and textiles of the Shipibo-Konibo, conveying their culture and worldview. Traditionally made with pigments and materials from the Amazon, these designs reflect the close connection the people have with the rainforest and waters of the Amazon. Kené is more than an art form. It is a means of communicating the Shipibo-Konibo's cosmovision, spirituality, medicinal knowledge, and culture. The transmission of knowledge about kené also enables the transmission of their worldview.

The Shipibo-Konibo are an indigenous people from the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon. The exhibition features portraits by photographer Isa Rono (David Diaz) from her book Kené Sikati Kirika, produced by the indigenous Shipibo-Konibo NGO Alianza Arkana in collaboration with a collective of thirty Shipibo-Konibo experts*. "I try to create portraits of the memories of my people" (Isa Rono (David Diaz).

In the spring of 2021, Incomindios had already launched a fundraising appeal for the financing of the coloring book project. From the Shipibo-Konibo coloring book project came the idea of the photo exhibition, in which Incomindios as well as other project partners actively participated. The Kené Sikati Kirika coloring book can be purchased online. Purchasing a book supports the Shipibo-Konibo indigenous community, their families and artists, and community projects of the tribe.


Here you can buy the Kené Coloring Book:


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