Author Archives: Patricia Alvarez Astacio

Patricia is a Puerto Rican anthropologist and filmmaker whose scholarly research and creative practice develops in the folds between ethnography, critical theory, visual and material culture, sensory ethnography, and the documentary arts. She is currently working on her book manuscript Moral Fibers: Making Fashion Ethical. The book critically explores the Peruvian alpaca wool supply chain analyzing how, through the intervention of development projects, indigenous women artisans and their aesthetic traditions are interpolated into “ethical fashion” manufacturing networks. How fashion is made ethical and how is an aesthetic of ethics and social responsibility produced? Moral Fibers unites the fields of political economy, ethnic studies, aesthetic theory, fashion studies and gender studies to expand our thinking about the parameters and exclusions encoded into “ethical capitalism.” Her latest film Entretejido, weaves together the different sites and communities involved in this supply chain, bringing viewers into contact with the ways objects we wear are entangled in national racial politics and histories. She is working on an ethnography and film project on the color magenta exploring its material, cultural, racial, gendered, political and industrial life. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department at Brandeis University and the co-director of the Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.

Our Governor Resigned via Facebook: #RickyRenuncia, Puerto Rico’s Summer of Protest

Disponible en español aquí. On July 13th, the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (Center for Investigative Journalism) leaked 889 pages of a Telegram App chat between the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo “Ricky” Rosselló and eleven cabinet members and aides. The 889 pages were full of misogynist, homophobic, and classist comments about political figures, journalists, artists like Ricky Martin, and average citizens. They mocked the victims of hurricane María, which left 4,645 dead, saying “don’t we have some cadavers to feed our crows?” Memes citing the most egregious statements quickly began circulating through social media alongside early calls for the governor to resign. But beyond such insulting statements, the chat revealed complex corruption schemes and provided evidence of persecution of the governor’s political opponents. (read more...)