Latin American Art: Workshop for Educators
NEW DATE (rescheduled due to weather)
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC
This workshop is free and open to educators of all grades and levels. Spaces are available for 25 people on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided.
The topics that would be covered are: Identity and Identification (Creolization and hybridization versus mestizaje); Race, Gender, the Savage and the Cannibal (repression, annihilation, and assimilation); Barbarism Versus Civilization (the “lettered City” and beyond the “lettered City”); Counter-Historical Discourses (the other and the re-writing of history – evolution, in-volution, revolution); Visual Arts and Nation Building (the Art Salon, the art school, cultural institutions and policy, and the art market); Third world Culture and the so-called Global South; Diasporas and Cultural Activism(migration, de-colonization and border-cultures; The POST-NATIONAL (Spanglish, Pachuco, and latinidad – transculturación and acculturation.)
By showing a selection of art pieces in relationship with such topics, the presentation answers to a particular attitude regarding the institutionalized panorama of the Latin American art today. By insisting in the re-signification of visual practices through collapsing history, culture, language, and life these art pieces and artist acknowledge their own impotence regarding the status quo. Through their use of conceptual games (irony and sarcasm) and the development of strategies made by simple assumptions and precarious materials they attempt to retrieve art from its ultra-codified status and re-insert it, the into the social and public sphere.
Sotelo worked as visual arts director of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (1995-2001), building cultural policy for the visual arts in his country, and independently as artist, curator, and critic ever since. His areas of interest are: decolonial aesthetics, intercultural visualities, subaltern studies, the global south, contemporary visual circuits, culture and power, Latin American visual production, cultural politics and subjectivity, performance and film studies. He currently works and teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University where he is the Special Events Coordinator and the Director of the NC Latin American Film and New Media Festival.