Coca / Eliana Pérez.

Perez, Eliana [Browse]
[New York, N.Y.?] : Eliana Pérez, 2023.
1 volume : chiefly illustrations ; 24 x 37 cm


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Eliana Pérez’s newest book, Coca, is the second in her series about her home country, Colombia. It continues her evocative exploration at the bloody intersection of poverty, violence, and a global market economy, this time focusing on cocaine production and trade within Colombia’s borders. A 24k gold leaf river bisects the cover, one of many scarce natural resources exploited and polluted to produce one of the world’s most valuable commodities. Extending the accordion-bound pages forms a coca plant, speckled with blood-red fruit. The foliage is first rendered in verdant watercolor, then the dulled green of collaged US currency, and finally devolves into a white-on-white ghost of South America’s most revered and potent medicinal plant. On the reverse, the red of the coca fruit stains through the paper, a reminder of the persistent, inescapable violence that plagues the campesinos, social leaders, and Indigenous communities. The final spread holds a short text outlining the impact of coca farming on the environment and the Colombian people. The accordion binding allows the pages to be drawn out for display measuring 7′ 11″. --Booklyn WWW site, January 24, 2023.
  • Colophon lists date as 2023; Booklyn WWW site (viewed January 24, 2023) lists date as 2022.
  • Princeton copy 1 Copy number 4 of 10, signed by the artist.
Source acquisition
Princeton copy 1 Purchased in part with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS).
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