Serda Yalkin and Ailesha Ringer.
Constructing Authenticity and Contesting the Naïve
Serda Yalkin is a M.A. student in Art History at UNM with an emphasis on 20th century Latin American art and visual culture.
Serda’s presentation will focus on the understudied visual arts produced by Violeta Parra, renowned Chilean musical icon and folklorist during the 1960s. Her talk, connected to a larger thesis project, deals with the French artistic milieus’ reaction to Parra’s 1964 exhibition at the Louvre museum in Paris, as she was the first Latin American artist to attain an individual show at the preeminent European institution. Specifically, her research challenges the European classification of Parra’s art as “naïve” and “primitive,” and attempts to restore that artist’s agency and control of her career by exposing what Serda believes to be a carefully constructed performance of an “authentic” rural Chilean identity that allowed for a successful response to Parra’s work in Europe.
A close evaluation of the exhibition’s reception in France allows for a more nuanced reading of Parra’s work abroad than has been discussed in scholarship thus far. More often than not, the assessment of her embroidered tapestries, oil paintings, and sculptures are relegated to a small chapter within the many extant biographies written on the musical icon.
through Craigslist Personal Ads in São Paulo, Brazil.
Ailesha Ringer is a PhD student in Communication and Journalism at UNM.
When people think of Craigslist, images of cheap couches, CRT TVs, and new job opportunities generally come to mind. In the years before the existence of Internet dating sites like match.com, eharmony.com and okcupid.com, Craigslist may have conjured up images of seedy hookups in pay-by-the-hour motels. Most likely patriarchy, power and racism, as it takes place across international lines, do not come to mind. But what happens when businessmen and those travelling for pleasure use Craigslist to search for love or sex? What can personal advertisements tell us about relationships and interactions of power, patriarchy and racism?
By blending methodologies and theoretical lenses, Ailesha's presentation will analyze the personal advertisements of men and women on Craigslist in order to unpack the ways in which patriarchy, power, racism and desire are expressed and used internationally. Ailesha's findings suggest that normalized views of America 'The Great' and Brazilian (and Latina) women as hypersexual/hypersexy are salient identity markers and racialized assumptions. These views are expressed both literally and metaphorically, couched in the meanings and assumptions associated with the word choices of the advertisers. Using critical discourse and feminist theories, the presentation will unearth what is truly being said about the power dynamics between men and women. By doing so, Ailesha's presentation will explicate a(nother) way Brazilian women are coded and racialized through the continual reproduction of a patriarchical system of micro and macro (global) power.
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