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Cultivar Trilce
Arte agricultural contemporáneo / performance de cuerpos no humanos. 2022 — 2027.

Cultivar Trilce (Cusco and Lima, 2022 - 2027) is a participatory processual work of agricultural art and performance of non-human bodies with elements of expanded engraving, sculpture and painting, by the artistEmilio Santisteban in collaboration with, to date, 75 participating people. It is curated by Lizet Díaz Machuca and photographed and assisted by the artist Kenyi Quispe Granados. In 2022, the agricultural management was carried out by Honorato Mora and Celia Morales; in 2023 by Nicolás Saywa and Germania Madera. In 2022 and 2023, production was carried out by Marco Chevarría delWillka T'ika Center for the Conservation of Andean Natural and Cultural Heritage,

The work links contemporary art (Performance art, process art, participatory art, visual poetry and object poetry) and traditional culture (ecofacto papa, agricultural processes and Quechua language), linking the centenary of the first publication of César Vallejo's collection of poems Trilce, the Existing published Quechua translation of said collection of poems (Meneses 2008), the potato varieties developed in Peru and preserved in Cusco and the terrace system developed by the original Andean cultures.

The first two years were developed on an Inca platform that the Willka T'ika Center highlights in the Yucay Archaeological Complex (Urubamba, Cusco). Throughout the work, in five agricultural cycles between 2022 and 2027, the 77 Trilce's poems, in the Quechua version, will be engraved on potatoes and grown together with them, symbolically becoming seed-poems, flower-poems and food-poems thanks to the participation of local farmers.

The first stage (2022), already completed, began on May 9 with the effective beginning of the collaborative engraving of poems, carried out until August 10 with the direct participation of the public, provided by the woodcut gouges project and technical guidance. The planting took place on August 11, on the full moon and the central day of the month of Pachamama. Flowering began on October 18, reaching fullness in mid-November, and the harvest took place on January 9, 2023.

The second stage (2023) began with the collaborative engraving of Trilce's poems XVI to XXX in Quechua in June 2023 in Lima. The sowing of the seed poems took place on August 1. Finally, the food poems were harvested on December 10, 2023.

The third stage of the work (2024) is projected to begin between June and July with the collaborative engraving of the poems XXXI to XLV by Trilce in Quechua, in a location to be determined according to the greatest financial and production viability.

In 2022 and 2023, the following people have joined, recording Trilce's poems in Quechua on potatoes, whom we thank immensely for their co-authorship: Irma del Águila, Ariel Alcalde, Stephano Alcántara, Jimena Álvarez, Miluska Alzamora, Jhan Carlos Amante Borja , Walter Antezana, Luz Antonio, Walter Aparicio, Fiorella Arce Monzón, Fabiola Arroyo, Carla Avila, Fanny Barba, Francisco Bardales, Jorge Barrera Begazo, Carla Bedoya, Luz María Bedoya, Christian Bernuy del Campo, Andrea Calderón, Adriana Castillo, Alfonso Castrillón Vizcarra, Lourdes Chara Estrada, Paola Katherine Chipa Guillen, Sebastián Chumbe, Huberth David Chumbisuca Huillca, Nilda Condori Chumbisuca, Edith Cristóbal. Eleazar Crucinta Ugarte, Delia Díaz Machuca, Teresa Edwards, Rosa Esquivel Escobar, Andi García Roque, Daniela Granda, Edinson Guerreros, Dione Huaman Borda, Maria Jesús Jimenez, Ricardo Lacuta, Isidro Lámbarri, Maria Julia Laos Vanini, Óscar Limache, Ariana Loli, Amelia Lopez, Brunella Martin Laos, Tina Martínez, Antonio José Medina, Luis Alberto Medina Huamani, Liliana Melchor Agüero, Samuel Mestanza Villegas, Daniela Napurí, Margarita Neyra, Estefany Nuñez, Richard Gabriel Ore Campero, Valeria Pacheco, Manuel Pantigoso, Andrés Poma Cáceres , Muriel Pucllas, Rebeca Ráez, Camila Rodrigo Graña, Mae Isabel Rodriguez Chavez, Ana Lucía Romero, Maria Angélica Rozas, Mijael Saldaña, Ingrid Natalia Sánchez, Kimberly Silva, Pier Solís Cerazo, Rocío Sulca, Ródemi Temoche Zenitagoya, Mariana Torres, Janina Trujillo , Christian Ugarte Bravo, Mauricio Vargas Osses, Magda Vega, Santiago Vera, Keani Zapata Del Río, Calypso Zuniga Leva.

In 2022 and 2023 Cultivar Trilce has had support in Cusco delWillka T'ika Center for the Conservation of Andean Natural and Cultural Heritage, with the generous loan of a plot in your projectWillka T'ika Botanical Garden. Likewise, he received from Ayacucho the collaboration ofNational Institute for Native Languages INALO, counting on their linguistic advice in Quechua.

In 2022 the work had institutional support in Cusco from theSan Antonio Abad National University of Cusco.


In 2023 Cultivar Trilce has received the support of Lima fromAlternating Current School of Design, Art and Creativity, theHigher School of Photography Image Center, heCultural Center of the National School of Fine Arts of Peru, and theMuseum and Artistic Research Institute of the Ricardo Palma University.

Cultivar Trilce was the winning project—for its first two years—of an Economic Stimulus for Culture from the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

Emilio Santisteban y colaboradores, Cultivar Trilce 2025

DÍAZ MACHUCA, L. (2023). "Sin retorno: el giro agricultural. La performance de Emilio Santisteban en Cultivar Trilce". Illapa Mana Tukukuq, 20 (20): 34-43. Revista del Instituto de Investigaciones Museológicas y Artísticas de la Universidad Ricardo Palma. Lima: URP.

Emilio Santisteban y colaboradores, Cultivar Trilce 2025
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