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22 October - 13 November
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Playing with wildfire: A photo exhibition

What’s on offer?

Photo exhibition on lived experiences of wildfires in Bolivia including 32 panels and 2 audio-visual installations. The exhibition is based on an AHRC/GCRF project (2020-22) at the interface between participatory theatre (Theatre of the Oppressed) and social science research. 

What’s it about?

What are the consequences of wildfires on our lives? How do wildfires impact the economies and lives of people in vulnerable rural communities?  

Through a combination of portraits, theatrical scenes, landscape images and audio-visual documentation, the exhibition will take the viewer on a journey between theatre and reality. Focusing on what communities are facing and the consequences of socio-ecological crises linked to wildfires, this exhibition shares stories from people in the Chiquitania region in eastern Bolivia, at the edge of the Amazon rainforest; the most extensive dry tropical forest of South America and one of the areas most affected by deforestation in recent years.  

We will explore the long-term consequences as well as the complexities of these crises, including their political, social and ecological dimensions and learn how it affects social relationships, economic and ecological processes among indigenous and peasant communities. 

Who’s leading the event?

Lorenza Fontana, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Glasgow

Open to

General public

Of particular interest to

The exhibition will be suitable for the general public as well as for individuals with specific interest in socio-ecological challenges, climate change and Latin America. 

Scheduling information

The event will run 27th October until 13th November 2022.