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Manuel Amaru Cholango: Decolonizing Technologies and the Construction of Indigenous Futures

Department of History of Art & Visual Studies, Cornell University, New York, NY 14853, USA
Arts 2019, 8(4), 163; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts8040163
Received: 26 July 2019 / Revised: 16 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 7 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decolonizing Contemporary Latin American Art)
Recent art history studies have delved into notions of futurity as it relates to indigenous approaches to environmental destruction in the face of ongoing colonial oppression. Building on the concept of indigenous futures, the present investigation focuses on the Kichwa artist Manuel Amaru Cholango’s decolonial critique of technology. Since the 1990s and in response to the quincentennial celebration of the “discovery” of America in 1992, Cholango has developed an oeuvre that criticizes the instrumentalization of modern technology for the exploitation of the earth and the perpetuation of colonialism. By advancing the notion of Andean technology, Cholango brings to bear other ways of relating to the environment that can help create, once again, the possibility of the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: indigeneity; Manuel Amaru Cholango; contemporary art; Latin American art; Ecuador; robotics; new media art; decoloniality; tactical eco art; quincentennial celebration of the discovery of America indigeneity; Manuel Amaru Cholango; contemporary art; Latin American art; Ecuador; robotics; new media art; decoloniality; tactical eco art; quincentennial celebration of the discovery of America
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