Chicha Dreams
Nicolas Torres

Edition : First / New York / Dashwood / 2014 / Softcover / Fine
8vo, 52pp. Printed wraps as issued. Numerous Colour plates. One of 500 copies.

One of the best books of last year by quite a stretch. Incredible book following Peruvian Chicha music, and the people who partied to it. The music itself is kind of a psychedelic Cumbia, and the book documents block parties in the poor suburbs of Lima. "Chicha Dreams is the first book of the Peruvian photographer Nicolヌs Torres. A hybrid of peasant folk music and psychedelic rock, Chicha music is popular in the impoverished urban neighborhoods of Peru. But Chicha is not only music, it is also a syncretic and irreverent aesthetic, a subversive and joyful way of life. In the mid-eighties Nicolas Torres began photographing wild Chicha parties, attended by working-class people in the Carretera Central, an area of shantytowns on the outskirts of Lima, creating an invaluable record of intimate moments and popular joy. The English foreword by Alfredo Villar, the prominent Peruvian art historian, curator and critic, offers an insight into both Nicolヌs Torres life and the Chicha social and cultural phenomena." Really can't recommend this one highly enough!