night of October 25th 1994 I opened my second solo exhibition, titled Gloria
Evaporada, at the Art
School of the faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of the University of San
Marcos. Days before I printed and distributed an edition of 400 invitation
cards. I didn´t want a mere invitation card so I designed it to be an art
object, to function as an autonomous piece of the exhibition. I silkscreened it
on cardboard I recycled from shipping boxes of Gloria, a local brand of
evaporated canned milk (Gloria, leche evaporada). I named it invitación-objeto.
I handed them to people I wanted to invite to the exhibition and some I
pasted on bulletin boards. At that time the university campus has had been
occupied by the army for many months. There were check points at the entrance, military
patrolling the hallways and plenty of undercover informants looking for
activities they consider suspicious. Many students disappeared in San Marcos
during that year. For that reason I designed the invitación-objeto, and the
whole exhibition, to be cryptic, not making any visual reference they could immediately link to the Cantuta case. Everything
was loose clues. I planned this to evade a censorship
before the opening and me being arrested.
The SIE (Servicio de Inteligencia del Ejército) discovered my plot the
morning after the opening, on October 26th. By that time it would have been very
enbarrasing for them to close the exhibit. They started to follow me.
FOTO: Sanmarquinos reading an invitación-objeto on a bulletin board.
Background: intervention with cardboard and enamel at the entrance of the
exhibition. Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas de la
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Exhibición “Gloria Evaporada”, 25 de
octubre de 1994