¡SOLAS Presents! Latin American Studies Students: Michael Graham and Nicholas Vandiver. Thursday, April 3, 3pm @ the LAII.
Getting Up For The People: The Visual Revolution of ASAR-Oaxaca
Michael, a M.A. student in Latin American Studies and recipient of a LAII and Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant will discuss the research he conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico, on the potential that art has in instigating social change.
Michael's research focuses on the contemporary Mexican artist collective known as Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca (ASARO). His presentation will highlight how ASARO utilizes aesthetic production to diffuse knowledge and thus challenge dominant political paradigms embedded in Mexican society. As a result, the collective of Mexican youths seeks to open spaces in their community (and Oaxaca’s subculture) by providing a dissenting perspective vis-á-vis dominant state discourses. ASARO attempts to bring to the fore socio-political issues they deem important to the region, Mexico and the globe that the state tends to overlook.
Specifically, the ASARO collective uses printing and graffiti techniques that are highly reproducible and places their work in highly visible public areas within Oaxaca. In his presentation, Michael will discuss how ASARO participants reconstruct meanings already established in Mexican society using visual and spoken language in order to resist and and create dialogue. He will situate and contextualize the resistant reconstructions of discourse in its visual form within the ways the art is produced and talked about by its creators.
For more information about the Latin American & Iberian Institute's Field Research Grant, click here.
Weaving a History Behind: A Journey Into the Western Guatemalan Highlands
Nicholas, an undergraduate of Latin American Studies, will present on his experience with grassroots business development in the highland communities.
This presentation will take the viewer on a chicken bus ride into the heart of the Ixil triangle, where Nicholas worked with women's weaving cooperatives and artisan communities to help promote their beautifully intricate textiles. Additionally, Nicholas, along with noted social entrepreneur Greg Van Kirk aided ex-guerrillas in starting a trekking eco-tourism business. This photo exposition hopes to portray the strength of a highland culture that has proudly survived the harshest aspects of Guatemala's forty-year civil war. In addition to a slide show, there will be a collection of huipiles and weavings dating back to the 1920s.
To view the event flyer, click here.