Join us for this rescheduled event! LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is pleased to celebrate the opening of Deudos / Death Debt: The Art of Eduardo Lalo, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs by the acclaimed Puerto Rican writer and visual artist Eduardo Lalo.
The event includes a conversation, with remarks by the artist, at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception.
Lalo's photographs illustrate the increasing vulnerabilities and anxieties of Puerto Ricans affected by the Commonwealth's deepening debt crisis. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation, this exhibition takes on even more urgency. Deudos / Death Debt not only exhibits a topical selection of Lalo’s distinctively trenchant visual work and graphics. It also opens a unique window that makes fully visible the ruinous economic, political, and social dispossession that Puerto Ricans continue to suffer at this crucial moment. A selection of Lalo's drawings and published works will also be on display.
Along with Eduardo Lalo, Puerto Rican scholars César A. Salgado and Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez (both of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese) will assess, discuss, and rethink the visual politics and critical representations that the works in Deudos / Death Debt propose about the island's inhabitants under oppressive debt before Hurricane Maria from the vantage point of the images of a fully devastated island currently circulating in global media.
Lalo will field questions from the audience following the conversation.
Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Susanna Sharpe at 512.232.2403.
Photograph: Legisladores, banqueros, by Eduardo Lalo; text contributed by César A. Salgado.
Thursday, October 19 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Benson Latin American Collection, Second-floor gallery
2300 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712-1469