Come and celebrate Juan's promotion to full professor with his lecture on January 22nd! The lecture is a part of the 2019-20 Inaugural Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences. An overview of the content covered during his lecture is featured below.
Together with many Indigenous peoples from Latin American, indigenous artists have used different media such as literature, film, mural and performance to denounce and resist environmental extractivism since the 80s. They saw their people lose ancestral lands and suffer from pollution. They denounced the privatization of their territories, which their governments sold or gave in concession to mining and agrobusiness corporations without consulting them. In this presentation, Zevallos-Aguilar will explore the paintings of Brus Rubio Churay, a Murui-Bora painter, who depicts the effects of a new wave of extractivism of oil and lumber in the Amazon. However, instead of taking a frontal opposition against it, he essays a more complex interpretation and tries to change the idea that the value of the Amazon isn’t only related to natural resources. On the contrary, its value is rooted in bio and cultural diversity.
This and the remaining lectures can be found online (https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/arts-culture/humanities/inaugural-lectures).