Strictly speaking, this isn’t a ‘French’ exhibition but one of the students involved is in Stirling on our double degree in International Management and Intercultural Studies, run in partnership with the University of Passau, which happens to be ‘housed’ in French at Stirling so…
Visitors to the Pathfoot Building are welcome to stop off at the Student Exhibition space behind the Porter’s Lodge to see the new exhibition ‘Coca is not cocaine – The traditional use of the coca leaf in Peru and Bolivia.’ The exhibition has been created by Kathrin Opielka (our double degree student!) and Eva Molpeceres, working with Dr Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar Saénz, and it seeks to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions of an ancient custom and to shed light on the incredible richness of a voiceless practice.
The chewing and other traditional uses of coca leaves have been an instrument of communication and reciprocity in the Andean people’s culture for centuries. However, Western influences have given a different meaning and value to coca-related products. Why can’t we think of the word ‘coca’ without images of cocaine or “Coca-Cola” (both Western creations) coming to our minds?
The exhibition is on until August 2015.