Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid

MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA MNCARS | Santa Isabel 52
28012 Madrid

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artists & participants

3nos3 AbderhaldenElias AdasmeGambas Al AjilloArte Al PasoPatricia AlfaroAlfredo AlonsoAlejandro AmdanRoberto Amigo AndreAndres Arizmendy Artistas Del Mas Movimiento Al Socialismo AspixFernando BalcellsFernando Coco BedoyaBernardita BirknerLuiz Fernando Borges Da FonsecaPinochet BoysMarcela BrionesEquipe BrusckyPaulo BrusckyRafael BuenoMaris Bustamante Cada Colectivo de Acciones de Arte Raul Zurita Capataco Colectivo de Arte Participativo Tarifa ComunHector CarballoAntonio Carlos CallegariBecquer CasaballeFrancisco CasasJuan CastilloGrupo ChaclacayoJoao ChagasLia ColombinoPedro CornejoGregorio CramerArmando Cristeto CucanoVagner Dante VeloniJuan DavilaPolvo de Gallina NegraCentro de Livre ExpressaoAgrupacion de Plasticos Jovenes ApjMadres de Plaza de MayoDomingo de RamosComunidad de Santa Teresita Etnia ChiriguanoGuillermo DeislerGerardo Dell´oroHoracio DevittWlademir Dias PinoLuz DonosoGonzalo DonosoCynthia DornelesRicardo ElkindDiamela Eltit Emei EmelPaz ErrazurizTicio EscobarPepitito Esquizo Carlos GhioldiLuisa Fernandez OrdonezLeon FerrariDiego FontanetCaio FrancaBelisaio FrancaLeonhardt Frank Duch GangDaniel GarciaEmilio Garcia WehblCarlos GaticaGuillermo GiampietroEduardo GilAntonio Goncalves FilhoEduardo GrossmanNo GrupoAlberto HarriganArchivo Hasenberg QuarettiDenise Henriques Assis TrindadeWalter HeynowskiEps HuaycoRoberto JacobyEduardo KacGuillermo KexelRoman LamasPablo LassanskyPedro LemebelCarlos LeppeAlejandro LerouxElena LlosaGuillermo LoiaconoEduardo LongoniMarcos LopezKena LorenziniColectivo Los BestiasEmmanuel LubezkiGordoloui Luis AlfonsoOscar MalcaLuis ManettiMario ManusiaMarkito Marcus Vinicius Resende GoncalvesLiliana MarescaEl Marinero TurcoAlfredo MarquezMeire MartinsAndre MartiraniPoetas MateistasNey MatogrossoGlauco MattosoMonica MayerGianni MestichelliSolidarte MexicoLeila MicollisMarcelo MontecinoAlejandro Montoya Movimiento 19 de AbrilHoracio MucciNelson Munoz MeraPaula NatoliLuis Navarro VegaCarlos Negro TirabassiAnjeles NegrosTaller Nn NovissimoGlexis NovoaDomingo Ocarranza BouetRuben Ortiz TorresAlvaro OyarzunClemente PadinEsteban PagesHernan ParadaSergio PeoRoberto PeraJ PerezAntonio Perez Periferico de Objetos Nestor PerlongherGustavo Piccinini PiriDea PompaMujeres Por La VidaJoan PrimHector Puchi VazquezOlkar RamirezJaime Razuri RichigerPicun Roberto BarandallaAdrian Rocha NovoaHerbert RodriguezMiguel Angel Rojas Rolf y HeidiGustavo RomanoKarto RomeroJuan Carlos RomeroManga RosaH RosasLotty RosenfeldEnrique RositoVicente RuizPablo SalasOsvaldo Salerno SantiagoDaniel SantiagoGerhard ScheumannDario SchvarzsteinMario Sergio ContiEdward ShawLucio SolariJulieta SteimbergSylvia SuarezTic Taller de Investigaciones CinematograficasTim Taller de Investigaciones MusicalesTit Taller de Investigaciones TeatralesGas Tar Grupo de Arte Socialista Taller de Arte RevolucionarioAlfredo TavaraBraulio TavaresMapa Teatro Laboratorio de Artistas Teleanalisis ToledoCarlos TroncosoMarco Ugarte AtalaDaniel VeroneseRal VeroniVsp Viajou Sem PassaporteEnrique ViegasHoracio VillalobosCarlos Villoldo Vitao Vv Aa Post NnEnrique WongDani YakoLas Yeguas Del ApocalipsisTim YohannanSergio ZevallosSilvio Zuccheri 

curator

press release

Losing the human form evokes an image of the 1980s in Latin America that establishes a counterpoint between the effects of violence on bodies and the radical experiments in freedom and transformation which impugned the repressive order. Stricken bodies / mutant bodies. Between horror and festivity, the materials gathered show not only the consequences of mass disappearances and massacres under dictatorial régimes, states of siege and internal wars, but also various collective urges to devise modes of existing in a permanent state of revolution.

The exhibition points out the multiple and simultaneous appearance of new ways of making art and politics in different parts of Latin America in the 1980s. It presents the results of an ongoing research project, conducted under the auspices of Red Conceptualismos del Sur, whose first phase has concentrated on certain episodes in the Southern Cone, Brazil and Peru, with the inclusion of some individual case studies in Mexico, Colombia and Cuba. The historical period under consideration begins in 1973, the year of Pinochet’s coup d’état in Chile, and continues up to 1994, when the Zapatista movement inaugurates a new cycle of protests that relaunches activism at an international level. The period corresponds to the consolidation of neoliberalism as a new hegemony, the demise of the real socialisms and the crisis of the traditional left.

The exhibition renders this panorama complex by retrieving experiments which suggested forms of resistance through fragile supports like serigraphy, performance, video, poetic action, experimental theatre and participative architecture. These practices can be grouped into three main areas. The first is visual politics, driven by social movements like the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina and Mujeres por la Vida (‘Women for Life’) in Chile. The second is acts of sexual disobedience, which include experiences of transvestism and corporalities that defy the traditional construction of genre. The last is the underground scene, which used music, partying and the “do-it-yourself” ethic to construct microcommunities and so make it possible to re-establish the social ties broken by terror.

All these experiments led to a loss of the human form, tensing and warping the humanist concept of the subject, and gave rise to new subjectivities that meant a crisis for familiar modes of existence and a transformation in ways of understanding and engaging in politics.

Organized by:
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID)

Curatorship:
Red Conceptualismos del Sur

Exhibition Tour:
Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI (November 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014), Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, MUNTREF (20 May - 17 August, 2014).