Chicha Street by Elliot Tupac

  • South Block 64 Osborne St Glasgow, G1 5QH United Kingdom

Chicha Street is an exhibition of handmade posters and customised traditional Peruvian objects by Peruvian Artist Elliot Tupac. Chicha Street is the first solo UK exhibition of Tupac’s work, presented by Wasps Studios at South Block.

 Elliot ‘Tupac’ Urchuharanga is a Peruvian screen-printing and lettering artist leading the ‘chicha art’ movement, an aesthetic tradition with a rich social history.

 Chicha is a term that first appeared in Peru in the late 70's to describe the fusion of Amazonian Cumbia music and rock with more traditional Peruvian styles such as Huayno.

The Chicha Posters will emerge as visual advertisement for the Chicha music concerts and parties back in the 80's. However it wasn’t until later that the term was used in a broader sense, defining not just the music, but the entire culture that surrounded it. There is nothing that represents Chicha culture better than these visually arresting screen-printed posters that advertise the concerts and festivals of this uniquely Peruvian movement.

 These posters are screenprinted on newsprint paper in fluorescent colours typically with a strong black background resemble 'Quechua Wanka' textiles from Huancayo  area. The designs are drafted by hand and with extraordinary skill, each layer of colour the result of a hand cut paper stencil. Intensive, fluorescent and ubiquitous, they have become an integral in defining Peru’s urban identity.

 Tupac has displayed his work internationally, including exhibitions at Rio Negro University in Patagonia, Argentina; Pixelatioons 2013 in Cordova, Argentina; and the Fundación Estándar Bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 Wasps Studios have partnered with Glasgow Print Studio to host two, rare chicha posters workshops. For more information on these workshops, click here:

Whilst in the UK, Tupac will also present newly commissioned work with Vamos! – the multi-arts festival based in Newcastle celebrating Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese culture.

This exhibition is sponsored by School of Modern Languages Newcastle University,  ¡VAMOS! Festiva, D8, The Peruvian Embassy in London.

Event Details:

Venue: South Block, 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow, G1 5QH for directions, click here.

Preview: Friday 5th June,  6-8pm

Exhibition Continues: 8th June - 2nd August 2015

Workshop at Glasgow Print Studio: Thursday 28th May and Saturday 30th May. 10am - 5pm both days. To book, click here:

 Find out more about Elliot's processes here: