Gale Memorial Lecture Series: The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives

Macarena Gómez-Barris, Pratt Institute

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

UNM Art Museum


Join us for a presentation with Macarena Gómez-Barris, who presents on "Seeing Submerged Perspectives in the Americas," as part of the 2017-18 Gale Memorial Lecture Series, Decolonizing Methodologies in Art.

“As I discuss in The Extractive Zone, extractive capitalism in the Americas has historically used the realm of the visual to facilitate its work and expand its occupation of Indigenous territories. Indigenous media, curation, and praxis inverts the extractive view by critiquing and seeing through the monocultural paradigm set up by extractive and colonial capitalism. In this talk I focus on submerged perspectives, specifically focusing on the work of experimental Mapuche filmmaker Francisco Huichaqueo and his capacious formats. Producing an “Archive for the Future,” Huichaqueo’s work shows the future horizon for media activisms and an anti-capitalist aesthetic in relation to the project of decolonizing territories. I address how these spaces of visuality and aural representation move beyond duality.”

Gómez-Barris is the Pratt Institute Chair of Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies and Director of the Global South Center. She is author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), Towards a Sociology of a Trace, co-edited with Herman Gray (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and Beyond the Pink Tide: Artistic and Political Undercurrents in the Americas. Her new book, The Extractive Zone: Submerged Perspectives and Decoloniality (Duke University Press), analyzes five regions within South America through a new approach to decolonial theory. In this book, Macarena attends to how social and ecological life resists the practices of extractive capitalism through social and visual activisms, especially upon indigenous territories. Macarena received a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2014-2015, and was visiting professor at FLACSO-Ecuador in the Department of Sociology and Gender Studies. Most recently, she was an Associate Professor at the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Macarena researches and teaches on culture, memory, violence, race, social theory and decolonization in the Américas. 


This event is free and open to the public. Please join and share the event on Facebook. Finally, for reference, see the series flyer for the 2017-17 Gale Memorial Lecture Series.


Africana Studies, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, American Studies, Art and Ecology, Chicana and Chicano Studies, College of Fine Arts, Feminist Research Institute, Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI, Latin American Collection, NM Con Mujeres, Southwest Organizing Project, Theatre and Dance, Working Classrooms