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Culture & Difference Research Group: Professor Jorge Coronado [Northwestern University] 'Photographic Portraiture and Consumption in the Andes, 1900-1950'
This paper discusses theories of consumption of cultural goods in the context of Andean photography. Particular attention is given to notions such as social distinction and massification, which shape our understanding of what it means to buy. It does so in order to arrive at an account of how Andean portraiture may be considered a meaningful, agential practice for broad sectors of Andean society in the early twentieth century. Photographic works include images from the studios of Julio Cordero, Sebastián Rodríguez, and Martín Chambi.
On the speaker:
Jorge Coronado specialises in modern Latin American and Andean literatures and cultures. His book, entitled The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity, appeared in the Illuminations Series at the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2009. He has written articles on indigenismo, photography, and the avant-garde. He is currently working on The Andes Pictured: Photography and Lettered Culture, 1900-50 (under contract at University of Pittsburgh Press), a cultural history of photography in the southern Andes.
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