Performing the indigenous city: Collaborative ethnography, site specific performance and political imagination in Santiago, Chile

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‘Santiago Waria, pueblo grande de Winkas’ is a site-specific performance elaborated during 2018 in Santiago de Chile, following the invisible memories and paths of the indigenous Mapuche diaspora through the urban landscape. Engaging with fiction, political imagination and collective memory, this article elaborates on the articulation of meanings within the shared spaces of this collectively constructed performance. Driving on the emergent interest on the imaginative, sensorial and performative dimensions of lived experience and experimental ethnographic practices (e.g. Crapanzano 2004; Pink 2009; Irving 2011 and 2013), this piece undertakes the challenge of a possible redefinition of the ethical-epistemological, political and poetical horizons of ethnographic knowledge and its contexts of production and reproduction. Moreover, working at the intersection of the materiality of urban spaces and lived experiences, and according equal weight to place and the built environment in establishing an understanding of people lives, we argue that the re-telling of an event in location generates certain forms of knowledge or experiences that would be less likely to emerge in another kind of methodological approach. As such, disrupting the linear unfolding of stories, we allow place to defy chronological order, enabling both different representations and modes of knowledge production, playing with connections, multiplicities, routings and imaginations.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-187
Number of pages15
Journal Entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2019