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Saltpetre King

Casa Amaru Cultural, Lima, 2018

Upon completion of the inaugural residency programme at Barranco Open Studios in Lima, Peru, Roy Immanuel presents a series of new and site-specific paintings at Amaru Casa Cultural. These paintings explore the history of the exhibition space, a building formerly used as the British Embassy during the Pacific War, and look at Britain’s support for the Chileans during this conflict, principally to protect their business interests in the region through the mining of potassium nitrates (Saltpetre) in Bolivia. In the exhibition, the British expropriation of Andean resources is conflated with the expropriation of Peruvian popular culture.

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