"El Muqui" by Paccarik Orue
Paccarik Orue has spent half his life in the U.S. and the other in his native country of Peru. To reconnect with his Peruvian roots and heritage, Orue conceived his photographic series El Muqui.
Located in the Peruvian Andes, the historic city of Cerro de Pasco is under eminent threat in direct result of mining for mineral deposits, which is the largest source of income for the Peruvian government. As Orue states, “My series, El Muqui, narrates a story of daily lives and environment concerns, combined with elements such as the local folklore and cultural traditions.” Orue continues explain the significance of the series title, “El Muqui is a folkloric character in the Andean mines who is highly respected, even feared by miners, and has a strong moral code. Popular tales talk about how he is aware of the miner’s desires and actions, but also playful with children, El Muqui is the center of many of the celebrations and traditions in Cerro de Pasco. Orue currently reside in San Francisco where he earned a BFA from the Academy of Art University. His work was also nominated for the 2016 PDN's 30.