From Tuesday, the collection “Tukuypaq: open doors” of the collection of indigenous Andean and Amazonian art and cultural objects will allow the objects to speak for themselves.
This collection, which was created in 2015, shares the cultures of the Andes and the Amazon with the community of the state of Ohio, according to the website. The open house will feature artifacts such as weavings, paintings, ceramic pieces, handmade dolls and gourds, said Michelle Wibbelsman, associate professor of indigenous cultures in Latin America, studies ethnographic and ethnomusicology.
“[The open house] intersects between research, education and awareness, ”said Wibbelsman. “It’s not about teaching a class, it’s about teaching a constellation of classes while reinforcing the kind of information and knowledge we’re trying to promote.
The aforementioned “we” refers not only to the faculty, but also to a group of dedicated scholars in the state of Ohio, Wibbelsman said. She said the event will be interdisciplinary and interactive, drawing on hands-on participation from attendees and guidance from curatorial students, who will organize tours and answer questions about the collection.
Emily Brokamp, a second-year master’s degree student in public history and student curator, said the collection transcends aesthetics in favor of the intellectual. The collection does not have a set start and end for viewers, she said. Instead, visitors are encouraged to create their own paths through the collection, allowing for a more intimate appreciation of the details and interaction with the items.
“As someone who has worked in textiles and clothing since I was a teenager, I was really drawn to being able to feel the fabric and see the physical labor that goes with it,” said Brokamp. “Once you get into the theoretical stuff and see how thoughtful each thread is, it’s pretty amazing.”
Hallie Fried, a fourth year in international and Spanish development and student curator, said the planning process was grounded in historical and cultural theory, ensuring that artifacts are ‘read’ by observers as well as being seen by them. .
“I feel like what I really clung to while I was here is the idea of seeing art as a form of literacy,” Fried said. “All artifacts tell a story in one way or another, and they give you so much more information than you might know just by looking at it.”
Micah Unzueta, fourth-year student of Spanish and Latin American cultural and literary studies and student curator, said a storybook tapestry, created by master weaver Santusa Quispe de Flores, represents the expansive nature of the carefully curated collection .
“I was able to travel to the other side of the world via Zoom and have a conversation with [Quispe de Flores] about what she does, the story of her life, ”Unzueta said. “I think it’s really important that when someone comes in here they leave either thinking differently or having a different perspective than the one they came in with.”
Wibbelsman said this research collection is not meant to feel detached or museum-like. She and the conservative students all said the experience shouldn’t be an optical transaction, but rather a personal commitment to the Quechua language and the honored artists.
“This art is indigenous knowledge, power and self-determination,” said Wibbelsman. “It’s how people choose to represent their communities, their identities and more. “
The open house will be held in Hagerty Hall 255 and in the courtyard of Hagerty Hall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. However, the exhibit itself is permanent, and class visits can be scheduled through the collection of indigenous Andean and Amazonian artifacts. website.