History & Politics

La Saya No Es Todo

02 Mar, 2020 | Rhiannon Matthias

Photos: Rhiannon Matthias Afro-Bolivians struggle for recognition of their place in Bolivian historyThis year marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Law 200 of the Bolivian Constitutio...

Rainbows of Revolution

02 Mar, 2020 | Anneli Aliaga

Photo: Michael Dunn [www.michaeldunca.com] The history and significance of the wiphala in the Bolivian imaginary. There is minimal, if any, concrete historical evidence of the origin of...

The Chimanes of Maraca’tunsi, Bolivia, after their Sacred Hill was taken from them

03 Jan, 2020 | Karen Gil

Santos contemplates the space where his house was back in the 1990s, now it is full of bushes and trees. Photos: Manuel Seoane The Chiman people cannot be understood outwith the context of t...

Simón Bolívar: an extraordinarily profuse man

11 Dec, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo A.

Image: Picture painted by Epifanio Garay 19th centuryEl Libertador and his descendents The founder of Bolivia and one of the most relevant figures during the South American wars of independence,...

Potosí: The silver city that changed the world

11 Dec, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo A.

Photos: Gonzalo Cárdenas ‘I am Rich PotosíTreasury of the worldKing of the mountainsAnd envy of Kings.’Motto from Potosí’s coat of arms, granted by Emperor Charles VThat is how Kris Lane beg...

The kharisiri of the Altiplano

11 Dec, 2019 | Caroline Risacher

Illustration: Hugo L. Cuéllar @hugolcuellar A history of colonisation, repression and exploitation manifests itself as a mythical beast The kharisiri, also known as the khari-khari and lik’i...

The Titanic Sculptures of Victor Hugo Barrenechea

31 Dec, 1969 | Joshua Neaman

Photos: Courtesy or Barrenechea's family Bolivian and American history set in metal and stone A new exhibition of the works of Victor Hugo Barrenechea at the Museo de la Revolución in La Paz...

The Chullpas of the Ancient Aymara

30 Jul, 2019 | Rachel Durnford

Photos: Rachel DurnfordThese ancient funerary structures highlight the importance of conservation The recent restoration of the chullpas at the Condor Amaya national monument, located in the...

Think You’ve Cine It All?

25 Mar, 2019 | Elin Donnelly

Vuelve Sebastiana. 1953 Photos: Courtesy of Fundación Cinemateca Boliviana The Bolivian film industry is small, but it’s a vital part of the country’s cultureBack in the horse-drawn-car...

Casa Grande del Pueblo

24 Sep, 2018 | Rose Cocks

Photos: Rose CocksControversy and art inside the new government buildingVisible from any point across the skyline of La Paz, Bolivia’s new presidential building, the Casa Grande del Pueblo, looms over...

Voices From a University Protest

23 Jul, 2018 | Rafaela Alford

Photos: Poppy KoronkaContradictory narratives between media, State and peopleThe sounds of shouts, horns and flares accompanying bustling crowds, road blocks and picket signs often greet daily commute...

Al-Azar

23 Jul, 2018 | Robyn Kate Pollard

Photos: Marion JoubertThe talent of amalgamating art and politicsA spacious workshop with a large window overlooking the mountains, home to an array of paints, brushes, oils, pencils and hundreds of b...

Happy Birthday, Mentisan!

23 May, 2018 | Niahm Elain

Images: Niahm ElainBolivia’s beloved balm is turning 80A tin of Mentisan is as common in a Bolivian household as a bible in a hotel room. The menthol ointment was invented here back in 1938, which is...

Portrait of Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, a symbol of Bolivia’s fight for democracy

22 Nov, 2017 | Adriana Murillo

Illustration: Hugo L. CuellarIn the 1980s, during the dictatorships of Luis García Meza and Luis Arce Gómez, many important leaders and figures of Bolivian civil society were disappeared or assassinat...

Partido Obrero Revolucionario

22 Nov, 2017 | Charles Bladon

Photo: Adriana MurilloThe old guard of Bolivian TrotskyismSince 1825, there have been 88 governments in Bolivia, with an average of 2.2 years per government. Chronic political instability has become s...