30 Nov 2023 9:30 - 13:00 Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge


Creative visual methodologies workshop

This event is part of the Ambivalent Archives network.


  • Andrea Aramburú (Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London)
  • Daniela Meneses Sala (PhD Researcher, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge)
  • Rachel Randall (Reader in Latin American Studies, Queen Mary University of London)


  • Ana Lucía Mosquera (Afro Peruvian activist and academic)


How can creative depictions of affective and immaterial labour raise awareness of exploitative employment practices that have been shaped by Latin America’s colonial legacy? How can academics and artists ensure that their work on these forms of labour is as ethical as possible? In this workshop, we want to explore these and other questions in relation to a series of photographs featuring wet nurses and infants that were taken in Lima in nineteenth century.

The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to reflecting on arts-based visual methodologies, such as zine-making, and the potential of creating alternative archives. It will also introduce participants to photographs of wet nurses and babies taken in Lima, Peru, in the late nineteenth century, which we are exploring as part of our project. These photographs are housed at the Courret photographic archive in Peru’s National Library. The second part of the workshop will provide participants with the materials they need to make one page each of a collaborative zine by intervening creatively in reproductions of the photographs of wet nurses and babies.  During the workshop, we will also have a reflective pause where we will hear from Ana Lucía Mosquera, Afro Peruvian activist and academic.

After the workshop, we will put the pages that participants create together and publish the collaborative zine online.

Closing date for registration: 20 November 2023

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9:30 - 10:10

Facilitators’ presentations + guest video presentation by Ana Lucía Mosquera Rosado, Afroperuvian activist and academic.

10:10 - 10:40


10:40 - 11:00

Coffee break 

11:00 - 12:30

Collage interventions

12:30 - 13:00

Collective reflection and closing remarks

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