Artist Talk: Renzo Ortega on Patrimonio | Heritage exhibit

March 31, 2023 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Renzo Ortega

Talk begins in John Hope Franklin Center Gallery (1st floor), lunch served in FC 240. Renzo Ortega, visiting instructor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, will give a talk about the "Patrimonio | Heritage" exhibition of llanchama textiles on display in the John Hope Franklin Center Gallery. Llanchama comes directly from the inner bark of the great sapucaia tree (Lecythis Pisonis), which peels naturally due to its rapid growth in the forest. Llanchama is used by indigenous communities of the Amazon as material for ritual garments, blankets, diapers (for babies), baskets, sifters, nets, etc. Ortega acquired the llanchama from a well-known Amazonian artist Brus Rubio Churay (Bora-Uitoto) as a "gift," back in 2016. Rubio Churay was in Washington DC as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival where Ortega was his interpreter and liaison. Ortega will reflect on the drawing interventions on the material as well as the representation of the pieces and the global evil of heritage destruction - both the physical destruction of objects from the past, and the conceptual destruction of people's thoughts and cultural contributions in the present.

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