Keeping the Hammers’ Voice Alive

By Dr. Emilia Ferraro, Prof. Sandra Wilson, Gabriela Andrade Pallares, Juan F. Serrano | 15 October 2021

This project records and investigates the artisanal knowledge system of contemporary silversmithing in Ecuador. It is an “hybrid” system produced by the colonial encounter whose ancient pre-Hispanic roots are still traceable within contemporary practice.

 

 

The project will document way(s) of constructing, finishing, and decorating metal objects, by recording the materials, tools, techniques beliefs and rituals involved in the contemporary making, decorating, and colouring of silver objects. The project will also capture current silversmithing training provision in Quito; communicate (through film, video, objects and writing) a deeper, richer understanding of the silversmiths’ “artisanal onto-epistemology”; and investigate evidence of continuity with pre-Hispanic metalwork practices and worldviews.

 

PI:
Dr. Emilia Ferraro

Collaborators:
Prof. Sandra Wilson, Gabriela Andrade Pallares, Juan F. Serrano

Location of Research:
Quito, Ecuador

 

Banner Photo: Maestro Lucho in his workshop watched by Emilia Ferraro. Credit: Juan Serrano.