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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22 September, 2022

Screening – The Revolution (is) probable

The audiovisual essay “The Revolution (is) probable” by Lee Douglas, Maria Ruido and Paula Barreiro Lopez will be presented at the Cinemateca Portuguesa on 29 September 2022 at 6:30 pm. This audiovisual essay is a reflection on the political force of images, on the legacy they leave us, and on the role of archives, film, the media and representation in general in our contemporary struggles.

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30 August, 2022

Beyond the Exhibition: a Transnational and Polyphonic Approach to their Histories from the Cold War to our Time

The seminar “Beyond the Exhibition: a Transnational and Polyphonic Approach to their Histories from the Cold War to our Time” (9 September 2022, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) seeks to discuss the potentialities and limitations of exhibitions, understanding them both as a tool to destabilize the Eurocentric narrative and the hegemonic exhibition format, and as a space traversed by geopolitical issues and tensions

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


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Ana Longoni

Giro Gráfico, como en el muro la hiedra: apuntes sobre un proyecto de investigación y curaduría colectiva
(Grenoble, 26 April 2022)

Katrhyn Brown

Le pouvoir du collectionneur dans le domaine culturel : enjeux et tendances
(Grenoble, 13 April 2021)

Béatrice Joyeux Prunel

La discordance des temps mise en oeuvres. Au-delà de l’opposition stérile entre géohistoire culturelle et histoire de l’art focalisée sur les oeuvres
(Geneva, 9 November 2020)

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