In search of the “hybrid reality” of the visual cultures




Aesthetics, Colonialism, Hybridity, Land, Self-representation


There is no one unique indigenous visual culture. It is as complex and hybrid as the land of an indigenous community, both its present and historical version, as social relations of any community. This special issue is hybrid. It reproduces the established power relations with the format of presentation, the language of publication or their referential framework. But, also, we hope, it contributes to the ongoing process of decolonisation and deconstructs at least some of the colonial influences.

The contributions that make this special issue – written and visual reflections about different genres of visual representation – complement each other and intentionally or unintentionally transform the issue into the community of voices. They engage in the discussion with textual, visual, aesthetic and analytical forms of representation, bringing some questions to the surface and leaving others behind the stage. Together they remind the readers and selves that the process of decolonisation is not even close to be done.


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Author Biographies

Roberto Romero, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Roberto Romero is a Fejos postdoctoral fellow at the Wenner-Gren Foundation. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is a member of Associação Filmes de Quintal and one of the organizers of the - festival of documentary and ethnographic film from Belo Horizonte. He was assistant director of the feature film "Yãmĩyhex: The Women-Spirit" (Sueli and Isael Maxakali, 2019) and co-director of the awarded "Nũhũ yãgmũ yõg hãm: this land is ours!" (2020).

Polina Golovátina-Mora, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Associate Professor in Film and Media in Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU, Norway. Her research covers the intersections between narratives, multimodal representations and power, theoretical alternatives to traditional views of social organisation, art-based research and decoloniality of artistic practice. Her publications are mostly in the field of critical cultural studies with the focus on moving images.


KLEIN, K. “Post-digital, post-Internet: Propositions for Art Education in the context of digital cultures”. In K. Tavin, et al (eds). Post-Digital, Post-Internet Art and Education, 27-45. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave, 2021.

KRENAK, A. Cinema de índio: demarcando um lugar na tela. In: Ameríndias: performances do cinema indígena no Brasil. Teatro Praga/Sistema Solar, 2019.

MAXAKALI, I. Cosmologias da imagem: cinemas de realização indígena no Brasil. UFMG, Belo Horizonte: Editora Filmes de Quintal, 2021.

RIVERA CUSICANQUI, S. Sociología de la imagen: Miradas Ch’ixi desde la historia Andina. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón, 2015.

RIVERA CUSICANQUI, S. Ch’ixinakax utxiwa: On Decolonising Practices and Discourses (Critical South). London, UK: Polity, 2020.

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How to Cite

Romero, R., & Golovátina-Mora, P. (2023). In search of the “hybrid reality” of the visual cultures. ARCHIVO PAPERS, 3(1), 7–11.