Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Maria Farah
La Marinera Es Bien Peruana

Music has a central role in human culture, having existed and connected people since before language developed. The Marinera is a blend of Spanish, Moorish, Andean and Gypsy rhythmic influences that has become one of the most traditional Peruvian dances and an authentic result of the “mestizaje” brought by the Spanish Conquest. This project is a historical and visual representation of the complexity of one strand of this cultural heritage.

It seeks to value and maintain this cultural tradition relevant while asking the bigger question of how culture is formed, evolved and shaped by time, emigration, and place. A visual code inspired by the musical base pattern of the Peruvian cajón printed on the postal stamps completes the circle in the project by sending the Marinera around the world and contributing to the cultural flow. The complete package includes the post stamps, maps-inspired collages printed on silk handkerchiefs like the ones used in the dance, a vinyl disc and a booklet with its cultural tracing. The visual code also unlocks an interactive and informational website accessible to anyone.

The pastiche approach relates to the process of different cultural elements coming together through the years. It predominately uses red for the Peruvian flag and graphic juxtapositions and transparencies to explore the blending of cultures and people — concluding that the lives of people from all over the world are much more intertwined than what we might initially think and everything carries a little bit of everywhere.

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Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski