In this essay, I examine the visual iconography produced by three different but overlapping anti-mining collectivities. The images and symbols produced between 2008 and 2018 comprise a visual discourse that challenges some aspect of mining activity in the county of Cuenca, Ecuador. A term originally developed by Deborah Poole, visual discourses are concerned with intersections of representation, power, and knowledge, which “constitute means of intervening in the world”—that is, they orient toward specific ways of viewing and acting in the world.1 In Ecuador, visual discourses are artifacts and agents in assembling collectivities against various forms of dispossession. A raised fist and Canadian dragon, the Andean chakana, and the image...
From Canadian Dragons to Pristine Páramos: Visual Discourses in the Campaign to Defend Ecuadorian Páramos from Gold Extraction
Teresa A. Velásquez—is an associate professor of anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her ongoing research in Ecuador examines water, science, law, and identity politics in neoextractive mining conflicts. Recent publications appear in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies and Latin American Perspectives.
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Teresa A. Velásquez; From Canadian Dragons to Pristine Páramos: Visual Discourses in the Campaign to Defend Ecuadorian Páramos from Gold Extraction. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 October 2019; 1 (4): 98–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.140009
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