Ivanna Berríos

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20202021 Forum on Choice

Ivanna Berríos

Chair, Wolf Undergraduate Humanities Forum
Comparative Literature

CAS, 2021

Ivanna Berríos is a Comparative Literature major concentrating in globalization and minoring in Art History. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, their research interests broadly center around critical artistic production in Latin America grounded in anti-systemic movements and radical anticapitalism. Their current project looks at art across the Andes, primarily audiovisual works, that address resource extraction, land defense, and justice for indigenous communities. In this project, they are particularly interested in how this art centered around struggle and autonomy disrupts the historiography following the period of the Peruvian Civil War that depoliticized campesinos and weaponized their trauma to condemn insurrectionary mobilizations. In their free time, Ivanna is involved with the labor organizing group Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) at Penn, writes for La Vida magazine, and works in a West Philly Ethiopian restaurant. They also enjoy writing poetry and rock climbing.

Un Mundo Al Revés: Memory Production and Temporal Speculation in Post Civil War Peru

Our temporal imaginaries, as Robert Meister points out, are paramount “for the pasts they bring to closure and the futures they foreclose.” Bringing this to bear on the memorialization of the Peruvian Civil War, I’ll be comparing the Lugar de la Memoria’s (LUM) aesthetic expression of its temporal paradigms against those of Andean art. How do memory museums, through their depiction of the past as such, articulate “nonreciprical economy of duties” wherein former victims of violence are compelled to heal in exchange for recognition? How do such economies disallow for choice, and how can art make a temporal intervention by resisting the periodization of violence as cyclical, rather than structural and ongoing? What potential does speculative art have to visualize a spectrum of invisibilized choices?