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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21 September, 2023

Presetation of the book ‘Revolver el tiempo’ in Madrid

The book “Revolver el tiempo. Conceptos críticos, mutaciones históricas y estéticas entre la Guerra Fría y la contrarrevolución neoliberal” (Bellaterra, 2023) will be presented on 26 October 2023 at 18.30 at Enclave Libros (C/ Relatores 16, Madrid). The editors Paula Barrerio López and María Ruido will be accompanied by Julia Ramírez Blanco and Kostis Kornetis.

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19 June, 2023

Release of the book – Cultura fósil by Jaime Vindel

“Cultura fósil. Arte, cultura y política entre la Revolución industrial y el calentamiento global” by Jaime Vindel (Akal, 2023) invites us to rethink culture during the development of fossil modernity. This book is responsible for delving into blind corners of our historical unconscious with the intention of contributing to imagine and embody a post-fossilist culture.

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8 May, 2023

Release of the book – Ojos vendados de Juan Albarrán

“Ojos vendados. Tortura y representación en la cultura visual contemporánea” by Juan Albarrán (Dado Ediciones, 2023) is a study on the representation of torture in contemporary art and visual culture and, specifically, on the tensions between the strategies for making this serious attack on human rights visible and the dynamics of concealment that have operated in democratic Spain.

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



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