Diverging Gazes: Art, Politics, Coloniality and their Transnational Networks

Research Seminar MoDe(s)
8 April 2016, 10-14 h.
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, room 201 (2nd floor)

Assuming a plural conception of modernity and seeking to decentralize the Paris-New York axis, this research seminar presents a polyphonic and multifocal analysis of art in the transatlantic axis during the Cold War. Through a keynote speech and the presentation of three doctoral projects, different experimental artistic proposals will be discussed by examining their aesthetic and social programs, emphasizing their ability to articulate models of political resistance and analyzing the politics of representation they are involved in.

Rather than proposing a systematic mapping of the entire period, this activity seeks to problematize the modern project, looking at the cultural sphere of concrete enclaves (mainly Spain, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe) and highlighting the processes of transfer and exchange, as well as their relation with socio-political dynamics. Departing from the presentations, it aims to reflect and discuss artistic practices produced in a geopolitical context marked by complex and contradictory processes of decolonization and self-colonization, in order to review their political “moments” and place them in the transatlantic framework of the Cold War.

Programme

Keynote:
10.00-11.00 > Julián Díaz Sánchez (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha), Arte y guerra fría. Cuestiones de método.

Interventions:
11.30-12.15 > Inés Plasencia Camps (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Pertenencia y ciudadanía en la fotografía de Guinea Ecuatorial: aspiraciones poscoloniales del archivo colonial.

12.15-13.00 >Pablo Santa Olalla Moya (Universidad de Barcelona),
Conceptualismos transatlánticos: España, Latinoamérica, y el desplazamiento hacia los Estados Unidos, 1972-1989.

13.00-13.45 > Juliane Debeusscher (Universidad de Barcelona), Creando espacios de aparición: la cultura no oficial en Europa Central vista a través de las redes y prácticas de comunicación transnacionales tras el Telón de Acero, 1970-1989.

Convenor: Juan Albarrán (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Organization and coordination:

Juan Albarrán, Paula Barreiro López, Juliane Debeusscher and Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez.

Collaborator:

Departamento de Historia y Teoría del Arte, UAM

This seminar is organized in the framework of the research project ‘Decentralized Modernities: Art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis during the Cold War (HAR2014-53834-P) (https://modernidadesdescentralizadas.com)