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Politics of an Indigenous Landscape: The Political Aesthetics of Delilah Montoya's, Desire Lines, Baboquivari Peak, Arizona

Abstract The purpose of this project is to investigate the political aesthetics of Delilah Montoya's photographic landscape image, Desire Lines, Baboquivari Peak, Arizona (2004), an image drawn from a larger photo-documentary project by Montoya and Orlando Lara titled, Sed: Trail of Thirst (2004). This thesis employs Jacques Rancière's concept of the aesthetic regime to identify how Desire Lines functions as a political work of art, or what Rancière would consider "aesthetic art." This thesis shows that the political qualities of Desire Lines's work contrast with the aesthetic regime of art and systems in the U.S. nation state that have attempted to erase an indigenous presence. Thomás Ybarra-Frausto's and Amalia Mesa-Bains... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Esquivel, Mark Anthony (Author) / Malagamba, Amelia (Advisor) / Swensen, Thomas (Committee member) / Garcia, Desirée (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Art history / Native American studies / Ethnic studies / Chicana / Chicano / Indigeneity
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 75 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.A. Art History 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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