Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala “The First New Chronicle and Good Government“
Time: 4 February – 18 March 2017
Location: The Black Diamond, The Royal Library, Denmark
“Guaman Poma’s extensive so-called Inca Chronicle is an account of the history of the Andean region from the earliest times, as well as a series of proposed reforms of the Spanish colonial rule. The long prose text is written in Spanish with occasional use of Quechua, one of the local Indian languages. Poma himself both wrote the text by hand and drew the nearly 400 full page illustrations. These drawings graphically express the suffering of the people under Spanish rule.” – Official information of The Royal Library.
Maybe we could say that this Book – the first artist’s book made in Latin America: the idea, text and illustrations – Felipe Guaman Poma. I don’t say that all manuscripts are an artist’s book… it would be too simple, but they has made big influence to livre d’artiste or an artist’s book. How not to say: “Everything new is a well forgotten old”, or maybe not forgotten.