The Arts

AGUSTÍN ALONSO

15 Apr, 2017 | Alex Walker

Photo: Nick SomersA lesson with the maestroAgustín Alonso has been busy tending to his nest. A short walk up from Plaza San Francisco, family-made instruments line his workshop like banks of exquisite...

THE SALAR ON FILM

15 Apr, 2017 | Sophie Hogan

Photo: Julia Mcgee-RussellA sensory marvel put into perspectivePeople experience some of the most surreal feelings while on the Salar de Uyuni. Beyond its apparent nothingness and rich amount of resou...

Che Pantomime

29 Dec, 2016 | Angus Mcnelly

Illustration: Hugo L. CuellarThe sing-along story of the marxist guerrillaIn the auditorium of Bolivia’s Central Bank in La Paz, a cumbia star leads a sing-along to a pop song whilst children wave fla...

A Universal Language

26 Sep, 2016 | Madeleine Pollard

Photo: Lucia BrasaFrom street performers contorting their bodies before halted cars in the glow of traffic lights, to shuffling feet as the beat of yet another parade drum tremours through the streets...

Leaving a Paper Trail

28 Aug, 2016 | Gabriel Macguinness

Photo: Gabrielle McguinnessMarion Macédo’s Quest to Make Art From the UnwantedEach day we fill our bins to the brim with scraps of paper, cardboard boxes and bundles of packaging, a clear sign that pa...

Thrift-Shopping in La Paz

28 Aug, 2016 | Valeria Wilde

Photo: Valeria WildeThe Consumption Behaviour of MillennialsUS singer-rapper Macklemore gave us a hint in 2012 – the youth of his generation have an incredible affinity for the consumption of used clo...

Searching for La Paz’s Creative Pulse

20 Jul, 2016 | Luke Henriques-Gomes

Photo: Isabel CockerThree Artists Reflect on Working in the City‘I’ve tried to break the paradigm that art is only for people who understand it, or for people who have the money to buy paintings or go...

A citizen’s education

29 Mar, 2016 | Flossie Wildblood

Photo: Flossie WildbloodPutting theatre on the map of Bolivian cultureDiego Aramburo, director and founder of Kiknteatr, is dressed head to toe in black, with a solitary but striking white streak in h...

Shamanic Visions

28 Mar, 2016 | Clara Buxton

Gastón Ugalde: An Artistic Ode to the AndesOnly through art and architecture can we transform societies and build a better life.—Gastón UgaldeThe face is distorted but strangely familiar. The vivid st...

Filming Bolivia

28 Mar, 2016 | Oliwia Rogala

Image: Screenshot from "Volivia" by Sergio PinedoForeign and local films about a surreal country “Bolivia, a country in itself very surreal, has no formal surrealist film movement to speak of.”Four fr...

Shedding light on photography

07 Dec, 2015 | Anna Bellettato

The faces behind the cameraPhotography is all about light. The meaning of the term itself, ‘drawing with light’, reveals the importance of light in this artform. Light is what makes a photo. Cristina...

Not the Same Old Song and Dance

07 Dec, 2015 | Anna Grace

The Rise of the Video DJClubs have traditionally been a predominantly auditory experience. With their eyes half-shut, dancers move around dark dance floors with no sensory distractions other than the...

Sounds of Paper

28 Oct, 2015 | Hazel Browne

Local luthier making recycled instruments‘I don’t like the felling of trees,’ Adrián Villanueva says, as he shows me a selection of his creations: charangos made from recycled paper. Traditionally fas...

THE CEMETERY SINGER

13 Jun, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

Fabián Luizaga’s repertoire consists of various kinds of boleros, huayños , Christian tunes and even waltzes. Among the most popular requests he receives are ‘El Llanto de Mi Madre’, ‘Mi Querido Vie...

Constellation Sacaba

30 Jan, 2013 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

The Ch’askitas, named after the quechua word for star, are Sacaba’s latest girl-band export. Amaru Villanueva Rance went to meet these folk starlets to learn their story, and left with three goddaught...