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3 June - 15 July 2016: Tejas Verdes: I was not there

“Tejas Verdes: I was not there” is a collaborative project between sociologist Margarita Palacios and visual artist Livia Marin. Bringing together Palacios’ research on violence and Marin’s work around loss and care, the project consists of visiting several ex-detention and extermination sites in Chile and the performing of an aesthetic intervention in each of them. The result of the intervention is the production of a series of abstract realist objects that register traces of the material remains of these sites, marking the materiality of the violent event in its multiple layers of meaning and yet registering its unreadability. This aesthetic intervention explores the possibilities of representing violence without reproducing it and the challenges of non-colonizing experiences of witnessing. The exhibition includes as well a photo projection that shows numerous images of both sites and objects aiming to document the places and the experience of collaboration.

Tejas Verdes: I was not there

This project is part of an itinerant exhibition and academic events that starts in London in June 2016 and then visits Berlin and Vienna. In each opportunity there will be an exhibition and an academic event organised with Birkbeck College, University of London, Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, and the Institut für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. The project will the continue touring to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile during 2017.

This collaborative research project was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and FONDART (Chilean National Fund for the Arts and Culture) and the itinerant exhibition has been made possible through the funding of DIRAC (Chilean Office of Cultural Affairs) and the support of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck College.

Academic Event – Roundtable: Thursday 9th of June, “The Aesthetics of Witnessing: A Conversation about Violence and the Challenges of its Representation”

      When: June 9th, 6-8:30pm
      Where: 43 Gordon Square Room B04

      This event accompanies the launch of the Peltz Gallery exhibition “Tejas Verdes: I was not there”, the product of a collaboration between sociologist Margarita Palacios and visual artist Livia Marin. The exhibition shows the outcome of an aesthetic intervention in ex-detention and extermination sites in Chile and explores the possibilities of representing violence without reproducing it. The round table is a conversation betweenVikki Bell (Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College), Natalia Sobrevilla Perea (Reader in Hispanic Studies, University of Kent), Jelke Boesten (Reader in Emerging Economies and International Development, Kings College London), Margarita Palacios (Senior Lecturer in Social Theory, Birkbeck College) and Visual Artist Dr. Livia Marin.

      This event is free - but please reserve your place via the online form.

      The London events form part of the Birkbeck Department of Psychosocial Studies Summer programme and is sponsored by the MA in Psychosocial Studies. The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London convenes an annual Summer Programme of interdisciplinary events spanning the field of psychosocial studies. The Programme provides current and prospective students, staff and the general public with an opportunity to attend lectures, seminars and conferences with distinguished speakers from the UK and abroad, and to meet with lecturers and current students on our many academic and clinical programmes.


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