Research

The central theme of my research is people's 'everyday aesthetic practices' in Oaxaca, Mexico and how these practices intersect with larger issues of politics, value, globalization, identity, history and faith. I draw in particular on works by Pierre Bourdieu, Walter Benjamin and Alfred Gell to develop a robust anthropological approach to aesthetics that attends to the material, artistic and auratic power of art-like objects, while also addressing the social relationships constituted through aesthetic practices and experiences. I am also interested in the methodological issues of studying aesthetics and art production ethnographically. 

Projects

© 2015 by Alanna Cant. All images property of the author.

Do not use without permission.