Single channel video installation

Stills from video

Bullet happens within the context of Peruvian justice. From 1980 to 2000, Peru went through a period of political violence that claimed almost seventy thousand lives. In this internal conflict, mainly between the guerilla group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) and the military, the civilian population remained terrorised by both parties. Most military actions were carried out with firearms and are now considered extrajudicial killings. The victims were hidden or disappeared to prevent their identification, thus evading a potential prosecution of the perpetrators. Since those years, many remains have been found but cannot be identified even today. They hover, as it were, under the status “NN,” meaning “No Name.” 

In collaboration with the Peruvian Forensic Team, Bullet documents the inside of the skull of an unidentified body killed by the Peruvian Armed Forces in 1986.

By denouncing extrajudicial killings and the hollow space where criminal cases hover when circumstances remain unresolved and unclear, the video bears witness to the events mentioned and the neglected state in which these human remains are left.


Director | Maya Watanabe
Camera and editing | Maya Watanabe
Sound | Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa

Special thanks:
Equipo Forense Especializado del Ministerio Público Fiscalía de la Nación de Perú, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Gredna Landolt, Carmen Rosa Cardoza, Alain Wittmann, Casa Baraybar, Tegenboschvanvreden (NL) and 80mts Livia Benavides gallery (PE).

The video was produced by the BBVA Foundation - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum MULTIVERSO grant and supported by Mondriaan Fonds and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.