Dancing with Devils

Dancing with Devils


Featuring Latin American festival masks from the Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection at The Ohio State University along with documentary photographs of the Diablada de Píllaro (Devils Dance of Píllaro, Ecuador) taken by Ohio State Photojournalist Leonardo Carrizo. Masks on display were donated by Ohio State alumnus Mark Gordon and crafted by Italo Espín. Mask maker Italo Espín and dancer/ethnographer Fernado Endara, residency artists this autumn, present talks workshops and performances. 

The exhibition is located in the Barnett Center Collaboratory (Room 141 of Sullivant Hall) for the entirety of Autumn Semester, 2022. For more information about the visiting artists and events, please see the schedule below, or visit the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Themes page here.  Click here to learn more about the Kawsay Ukhunchay Collection. Click here to learn more about the Center for Latin American Studies. To follow along with the curators, click here to be redirected to the exhibition's blog, and for comprehensive information on the exhibition itself click here and select "Diablada Masks Collection and Dancing with Devils Exhibition.

For instructors and faculty who would like to host a class meeting in the Collaboratory this semester – in and amidst the exhibition itself – select the button below labeled “Class/Seminar Request” to request and schedule your visit.

*RSVP for the event below has closed*

Faculty and instructors from all disciplines at Ohio State are invited to a Faculty Preview on Friday September 9, 2022 between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Center Collaboratory (141 Sullivant Hall). The event will allow faculty/instructors to visit the exhibition and glean potential cross-curricular connections, while also enjoying the company of colleagues from across campus. Light refreshments will be served. Select the Faculty Preview RSVP button below to reserve your place at the preview!



Meet the Artists


Schedule of Upcoming Events in the Collaboratory (Sullivant Hall 141) at the Barnett Center

*Please check back for specific dates and times as well as additional programming as we populate our calendar!

Friday 9/9 – Barnett Center All-Faculty Preview Event 5-7:30 pm

Wednesday 9/14 -- Launch of Our Unlearning Hour Mask Dialogues – Weekly discussion forum hosted by Dr. Richard Fletcher (see calendar below for additional dates throughout the semester. Join the K’acha Willaykuna listserv for additional information, updates, and reminders https://globalartsandhumanities.osu.edu/research/kacha-willaykuna)

Friday 9/16 – SPPO Colloquium 2:20-5pm (Miguel Valerio and Javiera Jaque, eds., Indigenous and Black Confraternities in Colonial Latin America and Valerio’s Sovereign Joy: Afro-Mexican Kings and Queens, 1539-1640 book launch event) 

September 20-29 – Artists Residency: Maskmaker Italo Espín Haro, Diablada dancer and ethnographer Fernando Endara, Photojournalist Leonardo Carrizo

Wednesday 9/21: Exhibit Public Opening 4:00-7:00 p.m. (to coincide with Wexner Center for the Arts Open House)

Free and open to all. Free pizza! Exhibition tours. Meet the artists. Maskmaker Italo Espín Haro and Diablada dancer Fernando Endara will join via zoom. Photojournalist Leonardo Carrizo will be there in person.

Sunday 9/25: Public Open House 2:00-4:30  p.m.  

Free and open to all including K-12 community, Columbus arts community, Latino/Hispanic communities in celebration of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month.

Exhibition tours, K-12 activities, demonstrations, workshops, documentary film screening Diablada Pillareña. Maskmaker Italo Espín Haro and Diablada dancer Fernando Endara will join via zoom, Photojournalist Leonardo Carrizo will be there in person.

Monday, 9/26: Workshop  --Diablada Pillareña Dances and Movement with Fernando Endara via zoom. 

Dance 5190 Movement & Practices class 10:20-12pm 

Open to broader public. All interested are welcome to attend! 

Wednesday 9/28: Workshop -- Roundtable Discussion – Knowledge Equity and Shareable Documentation, Community-based Research and Collaboration 

5:30 - 7:00p.m (was 4-7) with faculty, students, and artists will join virtually.

October 25-26 – Pachaysana Institute Workshops with Daniel Bryan

Tuesday 10/25: Workshop 1 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Re-storying All Our Relations  

A puppet-making workshop on epistemic justice 

What knowledge does our world value? What does it mean “to know” something? In our formal education spaces, non-Western ways of thinking and being have been excluded, devalued and invisiblized. This workshop asks us to collectively imagine what epistemic justice would look like in our lived realities. To do so, we will practice a puppet-making methodology developed between the Pachaysana Institute and the Andean community of Pintag in Ecuador  

(2 paired classes SOCIOL 3460  Environmental Justice-Baker; SPA 5660 Lat Am Culture –Puga) 

Wednesday 10/26: Workshop 2 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Embodying “Unlearning” 

A theatre and social change workshop  

How do we unlearn the dominant stories of oppression, colonialism and modernity? Stories are how we make sense of who we are and who we want to become. Yet, our bodies and minds have become accustomed to living stories founded on oppression, colonialism and modernity. In this workshop we will explore Pachaysana’s unlearning methods, using theatre-based activities to identify and unlearn unjust stories that have shaped our world and bodies. 

(2 paired classes AAEP 2600 —Visual Culture, Diversity and Social Justice) 

November - Academic Panel Discussion TBA



Want To Learn More?

Below are a few videos about the exhibition and the history of Diablada de Píllaro!