Radical women. Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the exhibition I co-curated with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill that took place between 2017-2018 at the Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the art show subverted the dominant patriarchal perspective on the art of this period from a feminine and feminist perspective. Although we did not conceptualize it from an intersectional approach, issues of race and sexual dissidence can be analyzed in different works of the exhibition. Many of them can be understood from a critical perspective regarding the parameters of the Latin American societies, whose normative ideal was white and heterosexual. These were societies in which women -who in the 60s had recently won the right to vote- were subject to repression, censorship, imprisonment and torture that also affected the rest of the citizenry. In this presentation I will analyze Radical Women from an intersectional perspective. I will review some of the works included in the exhibition from a different point of view to the one we proposed in the museographic layout. This approach allows us to consider the profound transformation that has begun to take place in recent years in terms of representation in the art world, particularly in Brazil: a shift that, to use Denise Ferreira da Silva's terms, could be conceived as a difference without separability, where everything co-exists.
Andrea Giunta is a researcher, curator, professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires, and visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of several books on Latin American art including: Escribir las imágenes. Ensayos sobre arte argentino y latinoamericano (Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI, 2011); Avant-garde, Internationalism and Politics. Argentine Art in the Sixties (Durham, Duke University Press, 2007). In 2018, she published Feminismo y arte latinoamericano. Historias de artistas que emanciparon el cuerpo (Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI, 2018). Co-curator of Radical Women. Latin American Art, 1960-1985, currently she is curating the Bienal 12. Porto Alegre, that will open in April 2020.
Photo: Brian Forrest: Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985
Installation view, “Self-Portrait” theme. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017)
Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.