Re-Seeing Religion: (De)Colonizing Images in Hawaii, Zimbabwe, and Mexico

Wednesday, February 15. 6:30 – 8pm

Presented by DePaul’s Center for Interreligious Engagement

Three panelists explore the creatively difficult visual interactions among indigenous peoples and their colonizers. Drawing on oral history and family photographs, Laura Kina’s SUGAR paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Okinawan sugar cane plantation field laborers in Hawaii. Joseph Kinsella considers the often conscious indigenization of Christianity by Zimbabwean painters and sculptors. Kay Read, using a stark contrast between pre-Conquest Aztec and post-Conquest Spanish images on the Feathered Serpent, exposes the long-lasting, but influential, colonialist legacy left by the early clerics.

Laura Kina: DePaul University, Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design
Joseph Kinsella: DePaul University, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Kay Read: DePaul University, Professor of Religious Studies (Panelist and Moderator)