Bridges and Walls: Anthropological and Artistic Reflections on the U.S./Mexico Border
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5pm
room 5-X, Venice International University, San Servolo island
Prof. Charles D. Thompson, Duke University
Special guest: Cornelio Campos, Mexican-U.S. artist
VIU organizes two VIULECTURES series each year in which guest speakers debate interesting, topical issues. Lectures are in English and are open to the public.
The 2|17 cycle of VIULECTURES will host on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 the Mexican-US artist Cornelio Campos who will discuss with Prof. Charles D. Thompson, teaching at VIU during the Fall 2017 term “Social Documentary as Global Phenomenon”.
Cornelio Campos is a Mexican-born artist, who moved to the U.S. in 1989. Through a modern folkloric art style, vibrant colors and deep symbolism, Campos explores complex realities of migrant life that are often concealed or misconstrued to the public. His paintings present a spin on contemporary issues, such as immigration, the U.S Mexican border, and cultural identity.
Read more on C. Campos' website
Charles D. Thompson is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. He is a filmmaker, photographer, oral historian, writer and author, among others, of “Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S./Mexico Divide”. His research is centered on critical food studies, immigration, farmworkers in Latin America and the US South.
Read more on C.D. Thompson's website
This lecture will also involve the students of the VIU Fall 2017 courses at VIU on: 'Social Documentary as Global Phenomenon' (Prof. Thompson); 'Identity Heritage and Globalization: Anthropology of Art at La Biennale' and 'Globalization, Ethics Welfare and Human Rights: Anthropological Perspectives on Borders, Migration and Mobility in the Mediterranean' (Prof. Göltenboth); 'Fundamental Rights, Individuals and Groups in multicultural societies' (Proff. Buratti/Papa); 'Intercultural Communication' (Prof. Romania) - co-curricular activity for the courses mentioned.