Lydia Nakashima Degarrod
Ph.D. Anthropology (UCLA)
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Ph.D., is both a visual artist and a cultural anthropologist who creates installations that blur the line between ethnography and visual art. Her aim is to convey experiences of extraordinary nature and address issues of social justice. Her latest work, Geographies of the Imagination, explored the inner images of exile.
As a cultural anthropologist, Lydia has conducted research and published on shamanism and dream interpretation among the Mapuche, one of the native peoples of Chile, and also studied popular cultures among urban Chileans.
For her interdisciplinary work, Lydia has received awards from the Wing Luke Memorial Museum of Art, Ministry of Culture of Chile, Harvard University, the California Council of the Humanities, and the Center for Art and Public Life.
She is currently writing a book Geographies of the Imagination: An Art Ethnography of Memories and Reflections of Exile about the internal images of migration and exile based on her installation Geographies of the Imagination.
Learning about exile through collaborative art making
What is it to be an exile and know that home exists only in your imagination? An art installation explores the experience of losing your home.Read on »
The Animitas, a story told twice
How the dead help the living: Using words and art to tell two stories about the cult of the animitas in Chile.Read on »