South likes: America Latina 1960-2013 at Fondation Cartier, Paris

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Marcos López, Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Pop Latino series, 1996 C-print. Private collection, Buenos Aires. © Marcos López

South likes: America Latina 1960-2013 at Fondation Cartier, Paris
America Latina 1960-2013
Fondation Cartier, Paris, France
19 November 2013 – 6 April 2014

In the attempt to cover the recent history of Latin American art from 1960 up to today, Fondation Cartier in coproduction with Museo Amparo de Puebla (Mexico) presents a very ambitious exhibition, which brings together 72 artists from 11 different countries.
Divided into four thematic sections (Territory, The City, Informing-Resisting, Memory and Identity) and accompanied by a half-century timeline of Latin-American history, the exhibition revolves around the relationship between text and image. Beyond presenting a discourse along with an historical thread, the exhibition gives weight to an “ideological conceptualism” that reveals political and social realities: while the texts extend or often modify the meaning of the images, the photographs express the artists’ need to communicate, denounce, and fight against authoritarian regimes and censorship.
Besides photographic images, the show includes collages, slides, video art and multimedia installations, like Oscar Muñoz’s water-filled glass cubes, in which the title of the piece, Lacrimarios (2000-1), gives meaning to the reflections of press cuttings.
The exhibition not only offers a chance to discover major artists that are seldom exhibited in Europe; Ortega’s renown prints of America, Nuevo Orden (1996) and Oiticica’s emblematic banner, with the evocative title Seja Marginal Seja Herói (Be an Outlaw, Be a Hero, 1968), also allow the visitors to wonder and sympathise for the tragic social, political and economical situation of a population that often have seemed to be abandoned. Luis Camnitzer’s silkscreen prints Content (From The Christmas Series) (1970-71), brings in mind his own words: “every aesthetic act is an ethical act…as soon I do something in the universe, even if nothing else than a mark, I am exercising power…”.

Klea Charitou

http://fondation.cartier.com/#/fr/art-contemporain/26/expositions/44/en-ce-moment/920/america-latina-1960-2013/

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Ever Astudillo, Latin Fire series, 1978, gelatin silver print. Private collection, courtesy Toluca Fine Art, Paris. © Ever Astudillo

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Ever Astudillo, Latin Fire series, 1978, Gelatin silver print. Private collection, courtesy Toluca Fine Art, Paris. © Ever Astudillo

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Exhibition view América Latina 1960-2013, 2014, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. © Luc Boegly

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Exhibition view América Latina 1960-2013, 2014, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. © Luc Boegly

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