Tuesday 25th August at 12:00 until 1:00 p.m.
Extractivism is one the main causes of dispossession, exploitation, and even genocide and ecocide of the First Nations of colonized countries. El robo (theft) addresses this issue as seen through the lens of the Brazilian artist María Thereza Alves and scholar Denise Ferreira da Silva. Alves, who has devised an aesthetic research practice that “attempts to document as active agents those who are critically engaged with history,” has a longstanding commitment to the community of Mexico’s Xico Valley. Prevented from ecologically sustaining themselves, the Xico community’s struggle was first staged by Alves in a multimedia installation titled The Return of the Lake (2012), in which the artist elaborated upon a critique of the notion of “post-colonization” by investigating how colonial practices are still very much in place.