Beating Resistance: On the Potential for Connection in the Symbolic/Poetic

Building off the experience of the body in times of confinement, artist and cultural producer Ana Lucia Ixchiu Hernández and curator Maya Juracán, from Guatemala, problematize the social role of art in a time when art has relegated to the sidelines its potential to connect us communally to our bio-surroundings, to others, and to the body itself in the name of capitalism.

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  1. As Ochy Curiel reminds us, art is conceived within the Western notion of “culture,” the modern/colonial logic that, upon approaching indigenous nations, makes use of the concept of “ethnicity” in order to make a series of characterizations—about language, customs, and habits, clothing—with the goal of transforming them (and endowing them with value) into merchandise. In other words, folklorization as an aesthetic process of entrapment.


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