ART+CULTURE: Lucho Dávila turns the camera towards himself and his heritage in this introspective self-portrait series, which examines archetypal characters representative of Ecuadorian culture in the wake of Spanish colonialism
Lucho Dávila digs into his Spanish and Ecuadorian heritage in this autoethnographic exploration, named after a traditional Easter dish that mixes Spanish religious beliefs with Indigenous tradition in Ecuador.Throughhand-made masks and the self portraits of “a mixed heritage mestizo,” Fanescainterprets Ecuadorian traditional characters that appeared after the colonial period. The long black wig that appears throughout is a tribute to the hairstyle indigenous people wear through all their lives.
I: DIABLO HUMA
A representation of the devil that appeared after the Spanish colony imported religion into Ecuador. (at left)
II: MAMA NEGRA A traditional character that honors the Virgin of Volcanoes and gives way to its mysterious protagonist: a man dressed as a woman with and his face painted black. According to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism, the Mama Negra also celebrates the liberation of the Afro-Ecuadorian community.
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