Visualizing the Toxicity of Violence and Alcohol through Guatemalan Art


See Guatemala through the eyes of two accomplished local artists, Santiago Lucah and Bryan Castro. Known for creating visuals shot through with incisive sociopolitical commentary, here Lucah and Castro explore the theme of toxicity through meditations on two insidious elements of Guatemalan society: violence and alcohol. 

Using toxicity as an analytic to apprehend violence and alcohol draws to the fore a nexus of structural, symbolic, physical, and environmental forms of violence that pervade everyday life in Guatemala. It directs attention beyond event-centric sensationalist accounts in order to expose the debilitating injuries, some more tacit than others, left on individuals and social bodies steadily poisoned through constant collective exposure to violent and alcohol-related traumas.




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February 17, 2020

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Amir Mohamed. 17 February 2020, "Visualizing the Toxicity of Violence and Alcohol through Guatemalan Art", Center for Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 21 March 2020, accessed 6 July 2022.