A visual artist and a journalist who, within their respective spheres, have studied and reflected on the experiences of people during the pandemic, will talk to Amanda de la Garza. Lorena Wolffer is a Mexico City-based artist and cultural activist who, in 2020, launched the Diarias Global platform; this initiative, in collaboration with the MUAC, involves the compilation of photos of adults, children and young people in order to portray the way the global Covid-19 pandemic has been lived. The journalist Joseph Zárate (Peru) has been awarded multiple prizes, including the 2018 Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Prize and the 2016 Ortega y Gasset Prize, and is the author of the works of non-fiction Guerras del interior (2018) and Algo nuestro sobre la tierra (2021), which are collections of his reports on funerary work during the pandemic, the outcome of his visits to hospitals, homes, streets, funerary companies, cemeteries and crematoria in Lima during the pandemic.
We are going through a moment of reflection regarding what has made the lives of native communities possible, enabling conversations regarding how respectful treatment can be established. At the same time, we have witnessed profound changes in ways in libraries and museums, spaces traditionally considered to be repositories of knowledge The use of electronic formats in the arts, culture, entertainment, academia and literature has given rise to a debate about “emerging formats” and the end of the use of the printed book as the only vessel of knowledge. This round table offers the chance to debate the ideologies that are changing the many ways of conceiving what are known in Western cultures as writing, reading, schooling, books, libraries, catalogues and archives. With Iris Calderón and Benjamín Kumantuk Xuxpë in conversation with Isela Xospa.
This event is part of the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer's Award.