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Colonization and Indigeneity: Etruscan Pasts and Native American Futures–Lisa Pieraccini, PhD

February 23 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Colonization and Indigeneity: Etruscan Pasts and Native American Futures-Lisa Pieraccini, PhD

In the 1990s, Tuscan artist Giovanni Gorgone Pelaya interlaced ideologies of indigeneity between two seemingly unique cultures—Native American and Etruscan—in highly evocative prints. These works of art juxtapose images and text to communicate strikingly original visual rhetoric highlighting indigeneity and identity. In one poster, a black and white photograph of an Algonquin young man is framed by a title in both Italian and English, “Etruschi for Lakota in Memory of Wounded Knee Creek, 1890.” Below the image of the young Algonquin is a quote from Chief Seattle to President Franklin Pierce. How are viewers meant to process this image of a Native American in conjunction with the Etruscans? In this presentation, I suggest that the combined text and the aesthetic aspects of the photo offer a hybrid message of settler colonization and resistance. For this modern Tuscan artist, the Native Americans of the new world shared common ground with the Etruscans from the old world. Because Etruscan history and their eventual domination by the Romans are rarely discussed in this context, Pelaya’s prints offer tangible ways for discussing the decolonization of pre-Roman Italy.

Dr. Lisa C. Pieraccini is a member of the faculty of the UC Berkeley Department of the History of Art. Her research is on the art and archaeology of the first millennium BCE in Italy with special emphasis on the Etruscans and their relations with other cultures near and far. She lived in Italy for many years where she taught and conducted research in Rome and southern Etruria. Her interests include ancient Mediterranean artistic exchange, craft connectivity, funeral art/ritual as well as decolonization and indigeneity.


February 23
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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