Art, politics and counterculture in the transatlantic axis from the Cold War to contemporaneity

Decentralized Modernities is an international research platform that brings together researchers from different centres in Europe, South and North America. In its current configuration, it develops two main lines of work. The first focuses on a comparative analysis of centres of the Atlantic axis, emphasising the forms of mediation, negotiation and resistance to the ideological, aesthetic and cultural schism of the Cold War. The second studies the impact that (social, cultural and political) forms from this historical period still have today, both on the configuration of the realities of our present time and on current artistic practices.

The idea is to highlight the links between the artistic/cultural world and social and labour, as well as national liberation and counter-cultural movements that conveyed dissident responses to the Cold War’s geopolitical order, contributing to decentralize the normative, western and colonial modernity.

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15 March, 2023

Creative and collaborative practices in the making of the commons: politics, discourse and performativity

The seminar “Creative and collaborative practices in the making of the commons: politics, discourse and performativity” (Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurè, 3 April 2023) proposes a transnational study of the configuration and implementation of collective community organizations and aims to interrogate their spaces and their cultural and visual productions (visual and performing arts, graphic production, posters, photography, cinema and videos) as well as their contribution to the configuration of new practices and collective consciousness (gender, class, race) throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

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14 March, 2023

Workshop – Using GIS in art history: the example of the Decentralized Modernities Platform

Noa Buffavand (Université París 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) will participate to the 2e congrès Rotondes des jeunes chercheurs et chercheuses en Histoire de l’art et archéologie (31 March 2023, INHA) with the workshop “Using GIS in art history: the example of the Decentralized Modernities Platform”. The workshop seek to propose an example of methodology, based on digital humanities, for the de-canonization of the notion of “center/peripheries” and for the conception of a horizontal history of art.

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15 February, 2023

Unspoken Identities

‘Unspoken Identities’ (15.02.2023 – 31.03.2023, Ana Mas Projects), curated by Abdiel. D. Segarra, responds to the interest in engaging in dialogues that can help to build a new perspective on the art from the Caribbean and its diasporas. It is possibly the first curatorial project dedicated to this matter presented by a gallery in Europe.

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Project I+D HAR2017-82755-PMinistry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain



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