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Subject: Exhibition El Encanto, Freddy Dewe Mathews, Peltz Gallery, 6 April - 4 May

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You are warmly invited to the exhibition at the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck
School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H0PD6 April – 4 May 2017: El

Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural
rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation
industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is employed in a range
of other products: from hoses and industrial conveyor belts to gloves,
syringes, telegraph cables and condoms. A history of forced labour and
brutality, however, lurks behind rubber production.

In his project *El Encanto*, London-based artist Freddy Dewe Mathews
documents traces of the rubber industry that linger still in the Putumayo
region in Colombia. His art works explore this history, bringing together
the Third and First Worlds, tradition and modernity, past and present.

This is a collaboration between the artist Freddy Dewe Mathews and Dr
Luciana Martins <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/languages/our-staff/luciana-martins>,
with the support of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual
Studies (CILAVS) <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/>

*Programme of events*

*6 April 2017, 6pm, Birkbeck Cinema*. *‘Landscapes of Abandonment’
‘Landscapes of Abandonment’ considers the histories of the Putumayo region
in Colombia and the challenges of a critical artistic practice that
interrogates the legacies of exploitative activities on abandoned places. After
an introduction by Luciana Martins (Birkbeck), there will be short
presentations by Jordan Goodman (UCL), Leslie Wylie (Leicester), and Xavier
Ribas (Brighton) followed by a Q&A session and a wine reception.

*7 April 2017, 6-9pm – Exhibition opening and reception at the Peltz

*8 April 2017, 2.30-5pm, Birkbeck Cinema – Screening of No Paiz das
Amazonas (In the Land of the Amazons, Silvino Santos, 1922, 129’)*
is a unique opportunity to see pioneering moving images of Amazonia in the
early twentieth century. Using footage made on his travels of more than
10,000 kilometres throughout Amazonia, Silvino Santos produced a view of
the region as a modern, productive place, ready for future investment.

*3 May 2017, 7-8pm Peltz Gallery – Artist in Conversation*
artist Freddy Dewe Mathews in conversation with curator Robert Leckie as
they discuss the issues of landscape, progress, international trade and
local mythology that are raised by Mathews’ Peltz Gallery exhibition ‘El
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Dr Luciana Martins
Reader in Latin American Visual Cultures
Leverhulme Research Fellow
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
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