Art Making in the Land of Misogyny
with Miguel Lopez
This class will focus on various ways of art-making and recent intersections between visual culture and political imagination in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will look at historical figures creating art in dialogue with various feminist struggles since the 1960s, as well as lesser-known art practices from Guatemala, Peru, Barbados, Costa Rica, and Chile. Throughout the course, the participant artists will connect with representations, collective projects, and narratives that challenged the white, male-dominated, and heteronormative public realm of cultural production. The program includes shorts screenings, collective discussion, and conversations with guest artists and curators from the region.
Office Hours: Monday 6 - 7 PM EST
Sept. 27 - Nov. 8th
7pm - 9:30 pm EST
Miguel A. López (Lima, 1983) is a writer, researcher, and Co-director and Chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. He has published in periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum, ramona, E- flux Journal, ArtNexus, Art in America, Manifesta Journal, and Art Journal, among others. He curated “Sila Chanto. To See With a Blind Eye” at TEOR/éTica, San José, 2020; “Cecilia Vicuña: Seehearing the Enlightened Failure” at the Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2019, and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, MUAC-UNAM, Mexico City, 2020; “Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For” at the Americas Society, New York, 2019; “Social Energies / Vital Forces. Natalia Iguiñiz: Art, Activism, Feminism (1994-2018)” at the ICPNA, Lima, 2018; and “Teresa Burga: Structures of Air” (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at the MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, 2015, among others. He was co-curator of the 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil (2019), and contributed with the curatorial section “God is Queer” for 31 Bienal de São Paulo (2014).
He has edited more than 20 publications during the last decade, mostly of overlooked or little-known Latin American artists, academics and curators. Recent books include Ficciones disidentes en la tierra de la misoginia (Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny, 2019); Robar la historia. Contrarrelatos y prácticas artísticas de oposición (Counter-narratives and Oppositional Art Practices, 2017), and The Words of Others. León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War (with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Diez Fischer, 2017). Since 2016, he is the editor of the ongoing series “Local Writings”, published yearly by TEOR/éTica, which collects key essays from Central America and Caribbean art thinkers, writers, curators, artists, and cultural activists. He is co-founder of the independent art space Bisagra, active in Peru since 2014. In 2016 he received the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.
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