Helen Escobedo (1934-2010): A Cart I Was (2001)
The objective of this symposium is to revisit and rethink the preoccupation with interdisciplinary practices in contemporary Latin American multimedia art, characterized by both post-national discourses and the deconstruction of museum-specific art and collections. Interdisciplinary practices allude to the deliberate interrelation of media as an aesthetic strategy and the infringing of disciplinary boundaries in the conceptualization and construction of artworks, for instance, the incorporation of techniques of screen media display and projection, the reconfiguration of exhibitionary paradigms, the redeployment of the artisanal and craft manufacture in the strategies of fine art, and the renegotiation of detritus and human disjecta as artistic materials. The symposium aims to bring together distinguished scholars, theorists, curators and multimedia artists in order to enact an interdisciplinary reflection in the construction of the program. Speakers will discuss aspects of contemporary production from Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Central America, and the US Latino context.
The symposium offers a timely opportunity for debate at the end of a year (March 2010 – April 2011) in which an unprecedented number of important exhibitions in prestigious venues have focused attention on contemporary Latin American art practice and its interdisciplinary manipulations; these include Luis Camnitzer at Daros-Latinamerica, Zurich (March – July 2010), Ernesto Neto at the Hayward Gallery, London (June – September 2010), Oswaldo Maciá’s ‘Equilibrium’ as part of Daydreaming with… James Lavelle at the Haunch of Venison, London (August 2010), ‘Tectonic Shift: Contemporary Art from Chile’ at Phillips de Pury & Company and the Saatchi Gallery, London (December 2010 – January 2011), and Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern, London (January – April 2011) . Other notable collaborations include Héctor Zamora and Minerva Cuevas at the Liverpool Biennial.
- Coco Fusco• Artist and Associate Professor, Fine Art Department, Parsons, The New School for Design, New York • ‘Defiant Abjection: Politics, Performance and Social Media in Cuba Today’
- Valerie Fraser• Director of the Latin American Centre, U. of Essex and Co-Director of the U. of Essex Collection of Latin American Art
- Karen Cordero Reiman• Curator and Professor of Art History, U. Iberoamericana, Mexico City • ‘Gender, Matter and Media in Contemporary Mexican Art’
- Gabriela Salgado• Curator of Public Programmes, Tate Modern
- Florencia Bazzano-Nelson • Assistant Professor, History of Art Department, Tulane U., New Orleans • ‘A Rioplatense Network on the Hudson: Porter, Tiscornia, Maggi, and Meyer’
- Theresa Ávila • Curator and doctoral candidate, Department of Art and Art History, U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque
- Cecilia Brunson • Independent curator
- Gustavo Larach • Curator and doctoral candidate, Department of Art and Art History, U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque • ‘Desire for a New Sensibility in Contemporary Honduran Art’
- Oswaldo Maciá • Artist • ‘Erica Segre in conversation with Oswaldo Maciá’
Registration is required; please email us to reserve a place. £5 will be charged on the day to cover the cost of tea and coffee.
Convenor: Erica Segre; Lecturer in Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity College
Assistant: Celia Dunne; PhD candidate, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge
International Symposium • Saturday 14th May 2011 • Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, CambridgeSupported by the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge and Trinity College in association with the Embassies of Chile and Colombia.