7 Ensayos de interpretación de la realidad peruana de José Carlos Mariátegui
José Vera Matos

30.5 x 42.5 cm.
40 pages
250 numbered copies
Spanish / English
april, 2018

30 limited editions
30.5 x 42.5 cm.

Set of 8 silkscreens
28.5 x 41 cm.
“The Seven Essays by José Vera Matos is a project developed with (and perhaps against) José Carlos Mariátegui, the most famous Peruvian Marxist thinker. It therefore proposes an impossible alliance for an unprecedented task.

This involves a kind of dialogue where a methodical José Vera Matos approaches Mariátegui by reviewing the reflections contained in the Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality. This is the seminal book of Peruvian socialist thinking that critically covers the country’s economic, social, political, religious, and cultural history from pre-Columbian times until the year of its publication (1928).

Additionally, from the shore of the art of appropriation, Vera Matos’s Seven Essays leaves open the questions about notions of authorship, originality, and copy. These are to be examined against the background of the work and history of labor struggles emplaced by the figure of José Carlos Mariátegui.

Max Hernández Calvo