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Milena Carranza Valcárcel

1982 - Lima, Perú / Established in Paris, France.

Milena has a degree in Audiovisual Communication, a diploma in Photography and in Therapy through the Expressive Arts, and a master's degree in cultural management.

An activist within the Afro-Peruvian movement since 2000, she has since been part of various organizations, receiving in 2011 a grant from the U.S. State Department to take the experiential program "The Cultural Heritage of the African Diaspora" in six cities in the U.S. In 2012 she founded and directed, for three years, the Iwa Pele Educational Project, a space for development through art for children of African descent in the district of La Victoria.

She is also dedicated to cultural management, has worked as Coordinator of the Cultural Center of the Universidad Científica del Sur and as Coordinator of the Student Activities of the Cultural Area of the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute - ICPNA. In Paris, she did an internship at UNESCO in the General History of Africa program and worked as a project manager at the cultural tourism agency Little Africa.

His photographic work focuses mainly on identity issues and the artistic, cultural and spiritual manifestations of Afro-Peruvians and the African Diaspora.

In this way, she has been exhibiting in various institutions and cultural centers in the country and abroad. She has exhibited in venues such as the National Afro-Peruvian Museum, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. and the Afro-Latino Festival in New York, USA. She has also exhibited at the 12th Biennial of African Photography "Les Rencontres de Bamako" in Mali and as part of the Quinzaine du Pérou en France "Quipu" and the Quinzaine de l'Égalité, la Diversité et la Citoyenneté de la ville de Bordeaux, where she won the prize for best exhibition.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS 

  • Peruvian Fortnight in France "Quipu 2021" - Festival "Tambor y Canto" 
    Cité de la Musique

    Atajo afro-andine d'Amador Ballumbrosio
    Marseille, France - November 2021

     

  • Peruvian Fortnight in France "Quipu 2019" and Fortnight of Equality, Diversity and Citizenship of Bordeaux - Bordeaux Town Hall
    Atajo afro-andine d'Amador Ballumbrosio

       Bordeaux, France - November 2019​​
       Prize for the best photo exhibition

  • North American - Peruvian Cultural Institute - ICPNA

       "Atajo de Negritos de Amador Ballumbrosio"

       Chincha - Peru, January-March 2017

  • Afroperuvian National Museum

       "Atajo de Negritos de Amador Ballumbrosio" 

       Lima, Peru 2011

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

  • 8th PRIZM Art Fair - Miami Art Week Virtual
    "Black, black: meditations on African cinema and its influence on visual art"
    Miami, EEUU - December 2020 / Virtual edition
     

  • AfroAméricaLatina - MACLA

       Collective exhibition as a part of the Latin America and Caribbean week

       Bordeaux, France - October 2020

  • 12th "Encounters of Bamako - African Biennial of Photography
    Streams of consciousness

       Bamako, Mali - November 2019

  • Afrolatino New York Festival

       New York, EEUU - July 2015​​

  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival

       Peru - Pachamama | Washington, EEUU - June-July 2015

  • Caguas Museum

       Afrolatinos

       Caguas, Puerto Rico - 2011​

PUBLICATIONS

  • Something We Africans Got - SWAG #10​​​

       Africa arts critical thought - Article "Latinoamérica también es africana y viva

      México cabrones" + pictures

      May 2020

TALKS

  • Maison de l'Amérique Latine - Tribune de la musique
    La cultura afroperuana a través de mis fotos
    Paris, France - October 2022
     

  • African Culture Students Association of Lyon - AECAL
    The resemblances between the Afroperuvian, Afrocuban and Afrobrazilian culture + Photo Exhibition

       Lyon, France - May 2018

  • MoAD - Museum of the African Diaspora
    The experience in making the "Atajo de negritos de Amador Ballumbrosio" photographic exhibition.

    San Francisco, EEUU - August 2015

CULTURAL PROJECTS

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