Ingrid Pumayalla


Ingrid Pumayalla (Trujillo, 1989) graduated as a Technician in Photography from the Centro de la Imagen (2012). She has obtained a Magister with Merit in Fine Arts from the Central Saint Martins School of Arts and Design in London, United Kingdom (2015). She has received the Daniel Ford International Award for Innovation (2015). She has been part of the South London Gallery Youth Film Workshop (2016). Her video, performance and installation work has been shown during the Festival of Art and Environment at Bow Arts, London (2018). The short documentary Other Mothers (2018) 13’02” min; was screened as part of UNESCO’s programme to commemorate International Mother Language Day at The Foundry – A space for Change – (2019), in London, UK. Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Spain, Greece and. She has been invited to participate in the Stokkoya Collaborative Residency on the island of Stokkøya, Norway and in the Pilontenkeunche International Art Program in Leipzig, Germany. (2019).

She currently works as a professor of photography within the Communications career at the Universidad Privada del Norte in Trujillo. Her work uses performance, photography and the moving image to address issues of migration and diasporas, and how the loss of home restructures and transforms identity.

Instagram : @ingridjosefa

Installation – Performance
Variable dimensions.
Naturally dyed wool fabric

It is an installation piece that explores language and the creation of myths. Quechua was one of the most important languages spoken in South America. In some places, the language could not resist colonization, for example in Cajamarca, the region where I grew up in the northern Peruvian Andes. The language was graphic and was expressed mainly through textiles and weaving. I took up crochet, a female craft skill that I learned in primary school to find the language that remains in my collective memory. I created a myth about a lost creature. Ñuqa means “I”, as my first exercise in learning my lost language.
The Myth of Curiwarmi
Analog photography
Printing on bamboo paper

Where did the forest creatures go?
It answers to the creation of a myth, which tells that a creature (Curiwarmi) woman of gold, when she saw that the forest was on fire, ran to the river to save herself from so much sorrow, she fell asleep and the river took her away. She woke up on the banks of Lake Markkleeberg in the region of Saxony, Germany.