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Lecture: “With Natural Lighting: Painting and Filming History and the Invisible Amazonia”
November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Presented by Jorge Marcone, Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Comparative Literature, and the Environmental Studies Major at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
About the presentation: Even a non-specialized audience can recognize that indigenous visual arts and cinema are self-representations of Amazonian subjects alternative to those of the mass media. Indeed, they are representations arising from indigenous policies for the defense of cultural identities and/or their relations with territories populated by human and non-human beings. It is a powerful communication strategy when language diversity and literacy are obstacles to fostering contact and collaboration between Amazonian communities and other actors. However, the success of activism seems to postpone the resolution of the following question. How to think the visual arts for Amazonian cultures where the ontologically important is invisible to the eyes? Can it be both the representation of the history of indigenous peoples and the visualization of invisible realities? Are the Amazon visual arts comparable to the visionary events in which non-human beings communicate with humans? Contemporary Amazonian visual arts often suggest the possibility of considering them as fundamentally shamanic, but this option that does not end up curdling yet.