Afro-descendant women have shaped Latin American societies since the colonial era. From selling food and other products in the streets, to working in domestic spaces, to being protagonists of black placemaking, contributing to spaces of joy and entertainment.
However, throughout the history of Lima, Peru, the presence of Afro-descendant women is continuously erased. Similar to other contexts in the region, mestizaje ideologies—based on a dualism between Indigenous and European identities—are at the core of anti-Black racism in Peru. As a result, Black lives and Black worlds are mostly omitted from national projects. Afro-descendant women are among the most impacted by this exclusion.
How are urban black women’s geographies in Lima expressed? How do black women shape the spatial narrative of Lima?
Roxana Escober Ñañez is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography from the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the places Afro-Peruvian women hold in Lima’s sonic landscapes.
Adrian Lara is a Peruvian musician and pedagogue with a master from The Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH). He focuses on tracing the African roots in Latin American music, even from the colonial era.
They will share their experiences and research, presenting images, poems and musical performances to show the role of afro-descendants in today’s Peru.