Modernism as a Local Phenomenon: The Art of Artur Barrio and Helio Oiticica

María Elena Lucero

Visiting Argentinian art theorist María Elena Lucero presents a paper on influential Brazilian artists Artur Barrio and Helio Oiticica in relation to recent ‘decolonial’ thinking in Latin America. In this, she tracks a particular local modernism that drew its materials from the margins. She references the tropicalia movement, which endures as a quintessential southern way of thinking and creating. Her paper reflects a ‘decolonial aesthetics’, as found in Latin American writers such as Ramón Grosfoguel and Walter Mignolo.

Director of CETCACL (Centre of Critical Theoretical Studies of Art and Culture in Latin America), Universidad Nacional de Rosario. She has published widely on Latin American art movements and artists, including Eugenio Dittborn, Cildo Merilles and Adriana Varejão. She has also written widely on pre-Columbian cultures. María Elena is coming to Australia exclusively to speak in the Southern Perspectives series at IPCS, convened by Kevin Murray.

Date: 7:30pm, Thursday 11th August 2011

Venue: Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 78-80 Curzon Street, North Melbourne, 3051

Cost: $5 full, $3 concession, members free

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