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Radical Women: exhibition that reappraises Latin American women artists

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paad was at the Radical Woman show at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and shared a travel journal of his experience:


Latin American Art, 1960–1985. In a way that no other exhibition has done previously, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 will give visibility to the artistic practices of women artists working in Latin America and US-born women artists of Latino heritage between 1960 and 1985—a key period in Latin American history and in the development of contemporary art. Fifteen countries will be represented in the exhibition by more than one hundred artists, with 260 works in photography, video, and other experimental mediums. Among the women included are emblematic figures such as Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta, and Marta Minujín alongside lesser-known names such as the Cuban-born abstract artist Zilia Sánchez, the Colombian sculptor Feliza Bursztyn, and the Brazilian video artist Leticia Parente. The artists featured in Radical Women have made extraordinary contributions to the field of contemporary art, but little scholarly attention has been devoted to situating their work within the social, cultural, and political contexts in which it was made. This groundbreaking exhibition will constitute the first genealogy of feminist and radical art practices in Latin America and their influence internationally, thereby addressing an art historical vacuum. Radical Women will also include a national tour and a scholarly publication.


The exhibition is curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA. “Los Angeles is a city whose structure is made up of Latin American, Latina and Chicana women, and I believe that Radical Women and PST: LA / LA will reveal a part of us,” said Cecilia Fajardo-Hill’s co-curator . “For the artists included in this exhibition, the female body became a space for exploration and rediscovery of a new radical visual language that challenged the way the world understood,” he adds.

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Radical Women focuses on the notion of the body politic. These artists undertook radical and experimental artistic research in the early 1960s, forging new paths in photography, performance, video and conceptual art. They generated a line of research focused on the politicization of the female body and sought to free themselves from the environment of political and social repression that eclipsed women in Latin America between 1960 and 1985. In their work, the representation of the female body became a point of departure to question the established canon of the art, as well as a means to denounce acts of social, cultural and political violence. This new iconography based on the body explored the personal and political fields of representation of Latin American and Latin artists who also used the body as a real and symbolic medium.


Poetic and political, the themes explored in the exhibition include self-portraiture, the landscape of the body and feminisms,” explains the curator of the exhibition, Andrea Giunta. “These themes bring together works of art across national and geographical borders, exhibiting parallel practices by artists who often work in very different cultural conditions.

By Hammer Museum, sep. 15, 2017.

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