About Me

Artist and Curator Ramiro Garavito has been invited by KIOSKO to carry out research in the Minga Utopia project. "I am interested in exploring the utopian character of the llikllas produced by an existing indigenous community called Laymi. This community is located in the highland region north of the city of Potosi, Bolivia. I am interested in exploring their shapes and designs as visual metaphors able to contain the principles and foundations for a better life, whose unique feature is the integration of all the elements of life on planet earth, setting the same value for each from them." Ramiro Garavito, Cochabamba, Bolivia, graduated in philosophy and from the School of Fine Arts in Caracas. Curator of SIART Biennal, Bolivia. Art critic. Professor for History of Art and Philosophy. Various publications analyising contemporary art, video and performance in Bolivia.
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It is true that the specific Andean communities where even the llikllas are woven, are not exactly the embodiment of the principles they contain, but this is precisely why the llikllas express a utopia, a non-place beyond time and space, a permanent reference. However, the type of social organization of these indigenous communities, called Ayllu, […]

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The llikllas (fabrics) utopia of the Laymi

The weave pattern made with traditionally spun sheep’s and / or llama’s wool yarn of each lliklla is a metaphor for the vital warp in which it manifests the cosmos. The designs work as a coded language, a book of wisdom as a series of analogies: a triangle shape alludes to the mountains, there are […]

El proyecto Laymi
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El proyecto Laymi

[scroll down for English] Las llikllas (en el idioma quechua de los indígenas del altiplano boliviano) son piezas textiles de tamaño variable, mas cuadradas que rectangulares, generalmente son tejidas por las mujeres indígenas en un telar portátil de piso (pampa away); las usan tanto las mujeres como los varones de la comunidad. Además de cumplir […]