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Popular devotion to the Virgin Mary in Peru: Artistic and cultural exhibition

On Sunday, May 28th, the Camposanto Parque del Recuerdo and the ICTYS Cultural, Theater and Social Institute inaugurated the exhibition “Mary in the popular devotion of Peru”. This exhibition highlights the devotion to Mary in Peruvian popular art, presenting the works of nineteen traditional artists from ten regions of the country.

Procession of Our Lady of Carmen de Paucartambo. Larry Segundo, Cusco.

Procession of Our Lady of Carmen de Paucartambo. Larry Segundo, Cusco.

The exhibition tour includes Our Lady of Mount Carmel from Barrios Altos (Lima) and Paucartambo (Cusco); to Our Lady of Mercy in Paita (Piura); to the Assumed Virgin of Coya (Cusco); to Our Lady of Candelaria (Puno); to the Virgin of Chapi (Arequipa); to the Virgin of Cocharcas de Julcamarca (Huancavelica), Sapallanga (Junín) and Quinua (Ayacucho), among other Marian dedications.

The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with free admission, in the Exhibition Hall of the Chapel of the Parque del Recuerdo de Lurín cemetery (Lima, Peru).

Popular devotion to the Virgin Mary in Peru

“Love and devotion to Santa María is expressed throughout the Peruvian territory”, said our brother Javier Leturia, director of ICTYS, during the opening of the exhibition. “She is affectionately invoked as the Virgin, the Mamita, Mamacha María, the Mother, the Mechita, among other expressions of filial tenderness”, he added.

In the exhibition room of the Camposanto Parque del Recuerdo.

In the exhibition room of the Camposanto Parque del Recuerdo.

“The Blessed Virgin has a very special place in most of our towns throughout the national territory. Some, like the Virgen de las Mercedes in the north or the Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno or the Virgencita de Chapi in Arequipa or Nuestra Señora del Carmen or the Virgen de Cocharcas, in various locations stand out for the preparations and the size of the parties with novenas, festivals eves as well as the Central Eucharist”, reflects Javier.

Regarding the way in which the traditional popular artists represent the Virgin Mary in this exhibition, Javier shared: “the participating artists have developed their proposals based on the traditions and symbology that each one of them carries. She can be Mary Mother of God, or the Immaculate Conception or the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth or her Assumed One. Based on their personal experience, they have developed the different elements that characterize each of the images”.

With more than 35 years of experience, the Cultural, Theater and Social Institute – ICTYS is dedicated to promoting the authentic values ​​of the human person and fostering the creation and dissemination of various artistic expressions. They have promoted numerous initiatives, such as competitions, festivals and exhibitions, covering fields such as music, popular art, theatre, photography and painting.