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© William Cordova. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.


Artist: William Cordova (Born in Lima, Peru, 1971)
Culture: American; Peruvian
Date: 2004–2007
Medium: Ink, graphite, and mixed media on paper
Sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches (21.3 x 28.9 cm)
Frame: 13 1/2 x 16 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches (34.3 x 41 x 3.2 cm)
Classification: Mixed Media
Credit Line: Purchase, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Fund for Acquisitions
Label Text:William Cordova works primarily with found materials to create drawings and mixed-media installations, using a symbolic system of personal and cultural signifiers. Recurring motifs and materials such as books, microphones, Peruvian gourds, vinyl records, and old sneakers carry multiple meanings that blur the lines between social realism and magical realism. They often allude to Cordova's Afro-Peruvian heritage, nomadic lifestyle, and an assortment of urban subcultures and unsung histories.

This series of drawings and collages, entitled Pachacuti, are made from the pages of aging books, and exemplify Cordova's ongoing interest in the repurposing and sampling of imagery and references. His titles are frequently borrowed from literary texts, oral traditions, song lyrics, and other quotes from counter-cultural figures. Such clues help provide additional context and meaning for his work. In Pachacuti, the title references the powerful Inca emperor (1438-71), who conquered various peoples in what is now southern Peru.

Object number: 2007.4.1.C