Why the Indigenous Today? | MoMA LIVE

How do different contemporary cultural practices—from experimental architecture to performance to fashion design—address methodological and ethical questions regarding the indigenous?

In the last few years we have witnessed a renewed attention to the indigenous in the art world. This focus on indigenous thinking and politics from Latin America appears to emerge from indigenous communities’ strategic defense of their territories against the violence of expropriation, as well as the notion that indigenous philosophical perspectives could provide potential approaches to a more organic relationship between humanity and the natural world.

This revived interest can be seen in new alliances between indigenous communities, artists, and feminist activists; the increasing presence of indigenous artists in international art circuits; a new wave of scholarship and exhibitions that connect modernity with indigenous cultures; and a growing interest among contemporary artists in the history, techniques, and vital concepts of indigeneity.

Panelists include, urbanist, and co-curator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 Paulo Tavares, who will discuss research methodologies for territorial activism in the Amazonas context; visual artist and performer Benvenuto Chavajay Ixtetela, who will speak about the issue of cultural translation; and fashion designer Carla Fernández, who will reflect on the concept of “tradition” and the politics of collaboration. The session is moderated by Macarena Gómez-Barris, professor and director of the Global South Center (GSC) at Pratt Institute.

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