College of Liberal Arts

POSTPONED: "Deudos / Death Debt: The Art of Eduardo Lalo"

Thursday Sep 21, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | 2nd Floor Gallery, Benson Latin American Collection

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE MARIA. The approach of Hurricane Maria, the second devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in less than a month, will prevent the travel to Austin of our guest of honor, Eduardo Lalo. LLILAS Benson will announce a new date for this event as soon as possible.


The Benson Latin American Collection celebrates 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. This event includes a panel discussion 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. 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. 

During the panel discussion, Puerto Rican scholars will share some of their research and impressions to help frame the public’s understanding of how Lalo’s graphic and literary work directly or indirectly addresses Puerto Rico’s continuing colonial dilemma and its exacerbations.

Benigno Trigo, Vanderbilt University, will read from his work on apoptotic debt in Lalo's poetry and drawings. 
Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, UT Spanish and Portuguese, will address Lalo’s documentaries screened at the exhibit. 
César A. Salgado, UT Spanish and Portuguese, will review how Lalo’s public debate columns and conferences influence his selection of photographic images for Deudos
Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M, will serve as moderator.

Following these remarks, Eduardo Lalo will respond to panelists’ comments and field questions from the audience.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Susanna Sharpe at 512.232.2403. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit Deudos / Death Debt.

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