Paintings as Ethnographic Representations

By Lydia Nakashima Degarrod.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In this paper I explore the value of the exhibits of paintings based on anthropological research as forms of ethnographic representation, and the types of ethnographic knowledge engendered by the making of the paintings from my dual view as both a trained cultural anthropologist and an exhibiting visual artist. Specifically I will discuss these questions: Does the making of these images allow the formation of forms of knowledge that differ from the analytical process by which ethnographic events are transformed into data? Can embodied forms of knowledge be created during the making of the paintings which mimic aspects of the ethnographic experience? What is the relationship between the ethnographic experience and the style chosen to depict it visually?

Keywords: Ethnography, Visual Anthropology, Popular Religion Chile, Representation, Violence

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.147-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.759MB).

Dr. Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

Senior Lecturer, Humanities and Sciences, California College of the Arts, USA

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her doctoral research was a study of dream narration among the Mapuche of Chile. She has conducted research on religion and art among the Mapuche of Chile, and among urban non-Indian Chileans. She has been awarded with a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, a postdoctoral from the University of Virginia, a Senior Fellowship from the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, and a Visiting Artist and Scholar position from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also an exhibiting visual artist. She has received awards from the Wing Luke Memorial Museum of Art, Saint John's University, and the Ministry of Culture of Chile. Her current research explores the boundaries between visual art and experimental ethnographies.

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