Indigenous Identities and Communication

Coordinated by Hermann Herlinghaus

This topic is obviously inscribed in a performance-oriented perspective, and in several contexts of discussion it has been related to a de-totalizing move in relation to the concept of cultural identities. Approaches to this topic should be manifold and diverse. They may or may not start out from a significantly growing self-reflexive stance of indigenous communities, social movements, and artistic practices in regard to communication, cultural heterogeneity, and transnational imaginaries.

Speaking more specifically about the appropriation of new technologies and mass media strategies (and tactics) for ethical, aesthetic, anthropological, and political purposes, one question is resonating strongly in Latin America: How can the voices, gestures, images and narratives of indigenous movements be articulated in local as well as transnational spaces that are increasingly interconnected? How can projects be designed and developed that are capable to overcome the strict separation between small alternative circles of communication and the large and aggressive media networks? What are the relationships between aesthetic design and political strategy once we are dealing with situations that confront the struggle for socially and ethnically affirmative identities with multiple discourses, images, and technologies? These are only a few questions that can help to remap a challenging terrain.


Gail Tremblay, Karina Vanessa Castro Santana, Colette Jacques, Eduardo Flores, Norma B Correa, Lara Evans, Luis Millones, Hermann Herlinghaus, Candice Hopkins, Laura Kropff Causa, Andrew Okpeaha Maclean, Citlali Martinez, Kent Monkman, Freya Schiwy, Terence Turner, Kerry Swanson, Alejandro Meraz, Tina Majkowski, Kathleen Buddle-Crowe, Veronica Bollow.