Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

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SEEKERS  9

2005

Mixed Media on Paper

www.LydiaNakashimaDegarrod.com

Curator: SomArts Cultural Center

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URBAN  MIRACLES  2

2005

Mixed Media on paper

www.LydiaNakashimaDegarrod.com

Curator: SomArts Cultural Center

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URBAN  MIRACLES  11

2004

Mixed Media on paper

www.LydiaNakashimaDegarrod.com

Curator: SomArts Cultural Center

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

Wars or any form of communal tragic sufferings have the potential of bringing us closer in the search for peace and healing. One form of communal search for answers and hope is the search for miracles at the sites of death. This is done in my native Chile, when people spontaneously gather at the sites of unjust killings and transform the space of injustice into a space of miracles. These paintings express sentiments associated with this urban Chilean practice of seeking miracles at sites of unjust deaths. As a visual artist and cultural anthropologist, my aim is to expand the boundaries of the disciplines of cultural anthropology and art by utilizing the knowledge of both to question the boundaries of ethnographic and artistic representations. My goal is to produce artworks which convey the aesthetics of social events or places in which individuals share events of an extraordinary nature. I believe that these events have not only the power to transform the individuals themselves, but also to incite the creation of different cultural aesthetic forms.