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Cabello/Carceller Bodies in rebellion, disputed genres. Course La década de 1990

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Around 1993, after the end of the Transition and in the midst of a devastating economic crisis, a radical change of attitude took place in a small group of artists who decided, them and us, to abandon formalist aesthetics and its associated discourses to give themselves/ourselves a voice as ‘infected’ subjects, as dissenting and thinking bodies: beyond objectification, closer to abjection. While in the international context an art anchored in the search for identity had just emerged, in ours those identities emerged re-politicised as part of what could have been a ‘post-feminist’ art, or of the third wave of feminism – if, before the nineties, there ever was an openly feminist art in our country – and as part of a newborn queer movement with few aesthetic references. After finally clashing with the country’s narrow-minded artistic context, made to feel inferior for its past away from the northern democracies, a number of aesthetic practices arose from the fight against the stigma of AIDS and the awareness of death, and from the need to break the silence of dissident subjects at the centre of the new sexualities and investigate new subjectivities. These practices promoted a change of attitude and tried to influence the way in which this was received. Afterwards, feminism would lead to transfeminism in which queer poetics/politics tried to assimilate... But there is still a long way to go.

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