Presentation of the book Atlántico Frío in Madrid

Presentation of the book Atlántico frío. Historias transacionales del arte y la política en los tiempos del telón de acero [Cold Atlantic. Transnational Networks of Art and Politics in the Days of the Iron Curtain], by Paula Barreiro López (Ed.)

With Paula Barreiro López, Ana Longoni and Lola Jiménez-Blanco

Friday, 10 May 2019, 7 pm
La Central del Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid


Unlocking both the practice of cartography and the polarized taxonomy of the Cold War, this book edited by Paula Barreiro López with Brumaria provides a polyphonic and multifocal analysis of artistic practices, aesthetic discourses and models of resistance in the transatlantic axis from 1948 to the present day. Based on a transversal and transnational reflection, the different studies that make up Atlántico Frío decentralise the Paris-New York axis, emphasising transfer and exchange processes and their relationship with the socio-political, identity and post-colonial dynamics that determined the global conflict of the Cold War.

This publication contributes to the reexamination and questioning of the role of culture and art during this period and proposes a fresh reading of the role played by artists, art critics, cultural agents and exhibitions in the tricontinental space (constituted by the Americas, Southern Europe and Africa) in the creation of transnational cultural networks, dissident geographies and global structures. Questioning the historiographic constructions of the Cold War focused for a long time on the bipolar confrontation between the Western and Soviet blocs, it seeks to contribute to a new cartography of artistic practices taking into account its collaborations (and tensions) with political practices, through a reading from the Atlantic and the global South.

Atlántico frío. Historias transacionales del arte y la política en los tiempos del telón de acero.
Editor: Paula Barreiro López
Madrid: Brumaria Editions, 2019

Authors: Juan Albarrán Diego, Lorena Amorós, Blasco, María Ayllón Barasoain, Paula Barreiro López, Miriam Basilio, Juliane Debeusscher, Julián Díaz Sánchez, Olga Fernández López, Jonathan Harris, María Íñigo Clavo, Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez, Inés Plasencia Camps, María Ruido, Fabiana Serviddio y Jaime Vindel