Coca is not cocaine - The traditional use of the coca leaf in Peru and Bolivia

18 Mar ‘15


9.00AM - 5.00PM

Venue: Student Exhibition Area, Art Collection, Pathfoot Building

The chewing and other traditional uses of coca leaves have been an instrument of communication and reciprocity in the Andean peoples' 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 a coca without images of cocaine or "Coca-Cola" (both Western creations) coming to our minds? 

"Coca is not cocaine - The traditional use of the coca leaf in Peru and Bolivia" seeks to challenge preconceptions and misconceptions of an ancient custom and to shed light on the incredible richness of a voiceless practice.

The exhibition has been created by Kathrin Opielka and Eva Molpeceres, students in Spanish and Latin American Studies and is currently on display in the Student Exhibition Area of the Pathfoot Building.

 The Art Collection is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

For more information: http://www.artcol.stir.ac.uk/


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