Art and Human Rights
Art is both a product of our cultural, economic, and geopolitical environment as well as a sociopolitical agent. As such, art is an entry point to broader global issues and human struggles and accomplishments: it can celebrate and advocate for human rights, and it can be repressed, censored, or involved in the denial or absence of human rights. This spring’s Global Studies Positioning Series explores “Art and Human Rights” from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective.
*All brownbag presentation and discussions take place at noon in room 3067 of the Global & International Studies Building.*
- January 26th
“What Matters in Making. The challenges of sustaining livelihoods with craft for export.”
Mary Embry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Apparel Merchandising
Moderated by Lynn Duggan, Associate Professor in the Department of Labor Studies
Abstract: Fair trade crafts promise ethical consumers a product that contributes to the livelihoods of small scale producers through higher wages and better working conditions. This talk discusses the value traditional craft producers find in making and compares it to the value sought by increasingly sophisticated consumers of traditional and ethical crafts, through looking at the traditional and non-traditional products of different craft producers in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Kenya as they target western fair trade consumers.
- February 16th
“Punk, Pop, and Revolution in Wartime Peru”
Shane Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology
Moderated by Gardner Bovingdon, Associate Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Abstract: This talk is a brief, and briefly interactive, introduction to the politics of punk rock and pop art in the context of Peru’s 1980s war with the Shining Path. It will highlight a Situationist method that was used to engage punk and pop artists in a critical dialogue about art, violence, militancy, and anarchism in a context that was heavily overdetermined by the Shining Path’s Maoist party proposal and the tactics of state terror adopted by the Peruvian state.
- March 24th
“Urban Guerrilla Tactics: U.S. Performance Art and the Politics of Radical Resourcefulness”
Faye R. Gleisser, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History
Moderated by Elizabeth M. Claffey, Assistant Professor of Photography
Although the notion of the “guerrilla” or “small war” initially entered the English vernacular during the Peninsular War (1807-1814), by the mid-1960s the term had become synonymous with the media’s representation of an emergent transnational phenomenon of militant resistance groups. During this time artists, too, adapted guerrilla tactics for conceptual performance art. This talk will focus on how the radical performance art of American artist Adrian Piper exposed asymmetrical power structures and renegotiated notions of criminality, citizenship, and legibility
- April 5th
“Take me to Jermany - a personal perspective on the refugee crisis”
Charlotte Schmitz, Professional Photographer
Moderated by Olga Kalentzidou, Director of Academic Initiatives and Experiential Learning, School of Global and International Studies
In 2015, many people fleeing war took the dangerous journey from Turkey to Greece searching for a new home. But Europe has decided that enough had come to their continent and many walls were erected, which were once torn down. In the “Take me to Jermany” project, Schmitz took polaroids of these refugees who in turn wrote messages on the photographs. A young refugee in Greece wrote, “I see only Humans, not Humanity,” on his picture, which explains the crisis in just one sentence. This project is about telling a story and making its characters co-authors.