Cholita


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Susana Raab (1968, Peru) was once surprised to find herself nicknamed Cholita Gringa by friends. The original meaning of this loaded term, cholos, signifies a dog of disreputable origin, and was used by the colonial Spaniards as an insult. Today in Peru cholo, or its diminutive (cholito/cholita) is a common phrase with positive and negative connotations depending on its context, and reflects the complex socio-economic rules by which modern-day Peru continues to abide. This photographic project, focusing on the coast, seeks to give voice to the Peruvian under-class, the cholos sin plata (without money), whose portrayal in modern society is often unfavourable.

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