Lydia Nakashima Degarrod

Ph.D. Anthropology (UCLA)
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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.

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