November 3, 5, 12 and 13 2020, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Registration: Fully booked
First session: Tuesday, November 3, 6:00 pm.
Some key notions in the Argentine avant-garde of the 1960s
The Argentine avant-garde of the 1960s: Experimentation and modernization. Its confluence and divergence with the institutional fabric: Instituto Di Tella.
Alberto Greco: heterotopia in his vivo dito and other actions. Ricardo Carreira: dishabituation and discontinuity. Oscar Masotta and the art of the media: dematerialization.
Curatorial dilemmas: “El deseo nace del derrumbe” (MRS, 2011) and “Theory as Action” (MUAC, 2017/MACBA and Parque de la Memoria, 2018).
Second session: Thursday, November 5, 6:00 pm.
An art for revolution: paths of radicalization and rupture
The incursion of politics into avant-garde movements since 1965: Toward an artistic foco theory. Political violence as artistic material. The “’68 Itinerary”.
The dissolution of the avant-garde, the abandonment of art. New strategies in the face of political violence in the early 1970s: Vindication of the pamphlet, institutional “monopolization”, an aesthetic of violence.
The myth of Tucumán Arde: conflicting readings in recent decades.
Third session: Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm.
Between terror and celebration
Creative strategies of human rights movements in dictatorships. Becoming visible: Actions and resources. Two matrixes representing the desaparecidos (disappeared persons) in the actions by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo: silhouettes and photos (masks, hands). El Siluetazo. Uses of photography in the recent remembrance of missing persons. The strategy of joy. Inventing spaces of freedom in the midst of terror. The “strategy of joy” as another form of resistance. Underground spaces and sociabilities. The outbreak of sexual disobediences. Silk-screening as socialization of art: the connection of the Peruvian scene with that of Argentina: Paréntesis and EPS Huayco (Lima) and Gastar/Capataco (Buenos Aires).
“Losing the Human Form. A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America” (MRS, 2012/MALI, 2013/ MUNTREF, 2014): personal evaluation of a collective project.
Fourth session: Friday, November 13, 6:00 pm.
Artistic activisms in the last two decades
Four junctures in Argentine activisms of recent years: 1) Mid-1990s: HIJOS and the invention of escrache protests. Involvement of the GAC and Etcétera. 2) In the midst of the rebellion of December 19 and 20, 2001 (Taller Popular de Serigrafía, Argentina Arde, Partido Transportista de Votantes, Proyecto Venus and others). Collaborative and cooperative relationships with new social movements. 3) 2004: International overexposure in the artistic system and watershed in light of the change in official human rights policy. “Artivists” persistence around the second disappearance of Jorge Julio López. (Hugo Vidal, Iconoclasistas, Mujeres Públicas). 4) 2015: emergence of a new local (and regional and global) political cycle, marked by the advance of conservative, punitive, regressive policies with respect to rights achieved. Aesthetic policies in the face of institutional violence. New keys to political imagination (Serigrafistas Queer and Cromoactivismo in the feminist movement).
Two polemical interventions: "Cajita de fósforos" in “Really Useful Knowledge” and the GAC posters in the Parque de la Memoria.
Can we give an account of the present in an exhibition?: preview of the project of the RedCSur “Giro Gráfico” (MRS, 2022).
If you have any question, feel free to contact us on 93 481 33 68 or by email at macba [at] macba [dot] cat.