INGESTION. Digital archive/embodied: Uaira Uaua (Benjamín Jacanamijoy Tisoy)

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For the peoples of the Andes and the Amazonian piedmont of southwestern Colombia, ‘to walk’ | purij is a metaphor for life. Walking implies a bodily action that is in relation to the medium which one inhabits. For the oralitores and social movements of the region, “word walks” is also the way in which the idea of the minga is described (word in movement).

Inga artist and researcher, Benjamin Jacanamijoy Tisoy (1965)–Uiara Uaua (son of the wind in Quechua)– is a member of a traditional family in Sibundoy (Santiago Manoy, Putamayo.) Since the early 1990’s, Uaria’s work has centered upon telling his own story, through relational practices situated within the context of his people. He tells this story in conversation with disciplines such as design, ethnography, visual art and literature.







Rojas Sotelo, Miguel (2021). INGESTION. Digital archive/embodied: Uaira Uaua (Benjamín Jacanamijoy Tisoy). Retrieved from


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Miguel Rojas Sotelo

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Miguel Rojas-Sotelo works at the intersection of critical human geography, ethnic studies, visual anthropology, environmental and health humanities and cultural theory. As scholar, filmmaker, visual artist, and media activist he studies how communities of color (indigenous and migrants) and natural spaces are shaped by modernity and how they mobilize to adapt and resist. He is particularly interested in how such people(s) articulate their archival knowledge, racial and class politics, the spatiality of those processes, and how they are manifest in the landscape via visual, audiovisual, oral, and textual narratives. 

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, is a doctor (PhD) in Visual Studies, Contemporary Art, and Cultural Theory; with a M.A in Modern and Contemporary Art (U. Pittsburgh) and MFA on Visual Arts (U. de los Andes, 1995). His bachelor's degree is in visual arts with sub-major in History and Philosophy.
Miguel was the Colombian Ministry of Culture first Visual Arts Director (1997-2001), where he worked building participatory cultural policy. Miguel has worked independently as film maker, curator, author, and critic ever since. 

His areas of interest are: environmental visual humanities, health humanities, intercultural visualities, contemporary art and subaltern studies, the global south and decolonial aesthetics. 
Currently works and teaches at the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (is also affiliated with the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with UNC Chapel Hill). Miguel was visiting faculty at Duke Kunshan University at the International Master in Environmental Policy (IMEP) and the undergraduate program. Miguel is a fellow Nicholas School of the Environment fellow.  

Miguel is founder of Water Towns Environmental Film and Arts Festival . 环保电影艺术节(China), and director of  the NC Latin American Film and New Media Festival (USA). At Duke-UNC consortium Miguel coordinates interdisciplinary working groups, directs the Hemispheric Indigeneity project, co-directs and co-leads the Working Group on Environmental Humanities: Narrating Nature at Duke University, also is affiliated to the Health Humanities Lab.
Miguel won the 2017-2018 National Prize in Art and Essay Criticism for his essay Soberanía Visual (Visual Sovereignty) awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and Los Andes University. In 2017 also published his book IRRUPCIONES | COMPRESIONES | CONTRAVENCIONES about cultural policy in Colombia. In 2018 Miguel was co-president of EILA V (Continental Encounter of Indigenous Arts and Literatures), held in Bogota, Colombia (May 2018). In late 2018 Miguel published his latest book BE PATIENT | SE PACIENTE. Artistic and medical entanglements in the work of Libia Posada.

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