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Art that Heals — with Joy

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on May 10, 2021 - 5:00pm
Iris Viveros Avendano standing near water.
UW doctoral student Iris Viveros Avendano

"When systems tell us that we need to change to fit in, leaving behind some elements of who we are, ...we have practices like fandango through which we can reclaim those things — not only individually, but as a group," says Iris Viveros Avendano.
Media credit: Corinne Thrash

 

Iris Viveros Avendano had recently moved to Seattle from Mexico when a UW graduate student spotted her performing music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico. That sighting, and the connections it established, would lead Viveros all the way to a UW doctoral degree in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and a dissertation on fandango, a participatory art form that combines...

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