Re-Seeing Religion: What Do We Hear When Images Speak? Visual Messages from Mexico and Guatemala

“Re-Seeing Religion: What Do We Hear When Images Speak? Visual Messages from Mexico and Guatemala”
February 20, 2013. 6 – 7:30pm.

The capacity and power of images to convey knowledge, express complex religious and ethical ideas, and move people to action serves as the starting point for the evening’s discussions. All three panelists work in either Mexico or Guatemala, but each focuses in her own distinctive way on imagery’s powers.  By exploring both Aztec cartographic practices and those of their Spanish colonizers, Delia Cosentino exposes how “maps are not territories” in either a western spatial sense or ethical terms.

Susana Martinez explores the haunted/haunting nature of images through photographs of the Guatemalan civil war’s genocidal violence and how these images frame the past and present for justice and social change. Finally, given that most of the world’s civilizations have used images to express their ideas rather than written texts, Carolyn Tate explores the rich legacy of ancient Mexican pictorial and sculptural imagery.  From jade carvings, to manuscripts, these images express profound views of cosmos and the value of human life within it.

Panelists include Professor Carolyn Tate, Art History, Texas Tech University; Associate Professor Susana Martinez, Modern Languges, DePaul University and Assocaite Professor Delia Cosentino, History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University. Moderated by Professor Kay Read, Religious Studies, DePaul University.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Sheffield Parking Facility located at 2335 N. Sheffield and in the Clifton Parking Deck located at 2330 N. Clifton. Contact DePaul Parking Services (773-325-7275) for rates.