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Ananda Cohen-Aponte, "A Rebel Without a Face: Art Histories of Absence in the Age of Andean Rebellions, 1750-1800”

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:30pm

Klarman Hall, KG42
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

This talk discusses the methodological challenges of writing art histories in the virtual absence of a direct visual archive. The Tupac Amaru and Katarista Rebellions of the late eighteenth century sought the overthrow of Spanish colonial rule through grassroots insurgencies that took place across the Peruvian and Bolivian sierra. Despite being among the most meticulously documented historical events in colonial Latin American history, these rebellions have left behind a sparse visual trail. This presentation examines the factors that led to the near absence of a pictorial record of late colonial Andean rebellions. It also proposes new methods for approaching art histories of Andean insurgencies through interdisciplinary analysis of court documents, inventories, oral histories, and artworks that were modified or defaced in their aftermath.

Reception to follow in the Romance Studies Lounge.

 

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