Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America

 

The exhibition presents stratagems artists devised to articulate dissent. The focus is on historic positions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay since the late 1960s that bear witness to how oppositionists worked—and often risked their lives—to offer resistance to Latin America’s repressive political systems. The show highlights strategies of linguistic self-empowerment in the formats of performance art, interventions, and actions as practices of resistance. These pieces are presented in dialogue with works by contemporary artists from Central and South America who address the repercussions and lingering effects of dictatorial regimes. The selection is designed to unearth positions that have sunken into obscurity and draw attention to others that have not yet received the art-historical attention they merit.


With generous support from the artEDU Foundation

Exhibition view, «Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Regimes in Latin America», photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

List of works

3Nós3: Intervention VI

3Nós3

Intervention VI
1980
Inkjet print on paper
5 parts: 3 parts each 41 x 33 cm, 2 parts each 33 x 41 cm

3Nós3: Ensacamentos (São Paulo 29 abril 1979)

3Nós3

Ensacamentos (São Paulo 29 abril 1979)
1979
Inkjet print on paper
5 parts: each 41 x 33 cm

3Nós3: Interdiction

3Nós3

Interdiction
1979
Inkjet print on paper
4 parts: each 41 x 33 cm

Elías Adasme: La Araucana 81

Elías Adasme

La Araucana 81
1981/2013
Inkjet print on paper
4 parts: each 174 x 112 cm

Sonia Andrade: Untitled

Sonia Andrade

Untitled
1974 - 1977
Compilation of 8 videos; Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, sound)
53:5 min.

Martha Araújo: Para um corpo nas suas impossibilidades

Martha Araújo

Para um corpo nas suas impossibilidades
1985/2015
Wood, fabric, Velcro fastener
305 x 721 x 200 cm

Paulo Bruscky: Atitude do artista, atitude do museu

Paulo Bruscky

Atitude do artista, atitude do museu
1978
Inkjet print on paper
12 Teile: je 9 x 13 cm

Paulo Bruscky: O eu comigo

Paulo Bruscky

O eu comigo
1978
Inkjet print on paper
3 parts: 2 parts 70 x 50 cm, 1 part 50 x 70 cm

Paulo Bruscky: O que é arte? Para que serve?

Paulo Bruscky

O que é arte? Para que serve?
1978
Inkjet print on paper
4 parts: 2 parts each 50 x 70 cm, 2 parts each 70 x 50 cm

Paulo Bruscky: Arte cemiterial

Paulo Bruscky

Arte cemiterial
1971
Inkjet print on paper
3 parts: 2 parts each 70 x 50 cm, 1 part 50 x 70 cm

Luis Camnitzer: Uruguayan Torture Series

Luis Camnitzer

Uruguayan Torture Series
1983 - 1984
Photo etching
35 Teile: je 75 x 55 cm

Graciela Carnevale: Archive of Tucumán Arde

Graciela Carnevale

Archive of Tucumán Arde
1967–1975/2014
Documents, photographs, posters, newspaper, archive box
Dimensions variable

Antonio Caro: Homenaje tardío de sus amigos y amigas de Zipaquirá, Manaure y Galerazamba

Antonio Caro

Homenaje tardío de sus amigos y amigas de Zipaquirá, Manaure y Galerazamba
1970
Documentary material
Dimensions variable 36.5 x 27.5 x 4 cm

Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA): NO+
Santiago de Chile, Acción de arte

Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA)

NO+ Santiago de Chile, Acción de arte
1983 - 1989
Single-channel video projection or on monitor (color, sound)
5:51 min.

Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA): NO+
Santiago de Chile, Acción de arte

Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA)

NO+ Santiago de Chile, Acción de arte
1983
Inkjet print on paper
4 parts: 3 parts each 41x 55 cm, 1 part 55 x 41cm

Antonio Dias: Do It Yourself: Freedom Territory

Antonio Dias

Do It Yourself: Freedom Territory
1968/2002
Adhesive tape
400 x 600 cm

Antonio Dias: To the Police

Antonio Dias

To the Police
1968
Bronze
3 parts: 1 part 7.5 cm x Ø 12.5; 1 part 9 cm x Ø 14.5; 1 part 8 cm x Ø 11

Eugenio Dittborn: The 27th History of the Human Face (Lejía)

Eugenio Dittborn

The 27th History of the Human Face (Lejía)
2004
Tincture, silkscreen, texido, canvas, FedEx envelopes
420 x 1260 cm

León Ferrari: Cruce

León Ferrari

Cruce
1983/2003
Blueprint
100.1 x 100 cm

León Ferrari: Espiral

León Ferrari

Espiral
1983/2003
Blueprint
61.5 x 58.7 cm

León Ferrari: Mesas

León Ferrari

Mesas
1983/2003
Blueprint
75.5 x 71.2 cm

León Ferrari: Projeto

León Ferrari

Projeto
1982/2003
Blueprint
75.6 x 76.1 cm

León Ferrari: Espectadores

León Ferrari

Espectadores
1981/2003
Blueprint
94.7 x 95.3 cm

Nicolás Franco: Ayer y Hoy

Nicolás Franco

Ayer y Hoy
2012
Pigment ink on cotton, paper
53 parts: each 41 x 30 cm

Anna Bella Geiger: Passagens I

Anna Bella Geiger

Passagens I
1974
Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, no sound)
9:0 min.

Anna Bella Geiger: Passagens II

Anna Bella Geiger

Passagens II
1974
Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, sound)
5:50 min.

Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC): Aquí viven genocidas

Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC)

Aquí viven genocidas
2001-2006/2015
Digital print on paper, photographs, single-channel video on monitor (color, sound), sticker
Dimensions variable, 7:09 min

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx: El Tendedero - Poema Colectivo Colgante

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx

El Tendedero - Poema Colectivo Colgante
1984/2013
Inkjet print on paper
3 parts: each 37 x 55 cm

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx: Mamablanca Treasure

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx

Mamablanca Treasure
1981/2013
Inkjet print on paper
2 parts: each 54 x 39 cm

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx: Material Metamorphosis

Graciela Gutiérrez Marx

Material Metamorphosis
1981/2013
Inkjet print on paper
40 x 68 cm

Voluspa Jarpa: The Library of No-History

Voluspa Jarpa

The Library of No-History
2011-2012/2015
Books, wood, various materials
Dimensions variable

Anna Maria Maiolino: Entrevidas

Anna Maria Maiolino

Entrevidas
1981
B/w photograph
3 parts: each 120 x 77 cm

Anna Maria Maiolino: De... Para...

Anna Maria Maiolino

De... Para...
1974/2009
B/w photograph
45.5 x 32.5 cm

Anna Maria Maiolino: What is Left Over

Anna Maria Maiolino

What is Left Over
1974/2009
B/w photograph
32 x 130 cm

Antonio Manuel: Clandestinas

Antonio Manuel

Clandestinas
1973
Newspaper
9 parts: each 56 x 38 cm

Cildo Meireles: Insertions into Ideological Circuits: 1 - Project Coca-Cola

Cildo Meireles

Insertions into Ideological Circuits: 1 - Project Coca-Cola
1970
Coca-Cola bottles
3 parts: each 24.5 x 6 x 6 cm

Cildo Meireles: Inserções em circuitos ideológicos: 2 – Projeto cédula

Cildo Meireles

Inserções em circuitos ideológicos: 2 – Projeto cédula
1970/2013
Ink on banknote
20 parts: Dimensions variable

Marta Minujín: La desmitificación y remitificación de los mitos populares

Marta Minujín

La desmitificación y remitificación de los mitos populares
1990
Ink and felt pen on tracing paper
69.3 x 92.2 cm

Marta Minujín: Mitos populares desmitificándose

Marta Minujín

Mitos populares desmitificándose
1986
Ink, pencil, graphite and felt pen on tracing paper paper
69.3 x 99.3 cm

Marta Minujín: El partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books/Homage to Democracy)

Marta Minujín

El partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books/Homage to Democracy)
1983
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
15 min.

Marta Minujín: El partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books/Homage to Democracy)

Marta Minujín

Marta Minujín: Partenón de libros

Marta Minujín

Partenón de libros
1983
Ink and felt pen on tracing paper
100 x 69.9 cm

Marta Minujín: Bureaucracy

Marta Minujín

Bureaucracy
1982
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
0:30 min.

Marta Minujín: The James Joyce Tower in Bread

Marta Minujín

The James Joyce Tower in Bread
1980
B/w photograph, silkscreen and ink on paper, documents
2 parts: 1 part 72 x 52 cm, 1 part 50 x 62 cm

Carlos Motta: Resistance and Repression

Carlos Motta

Resistance and Repression
2010
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
4:35 min.

Carlos Motta: Where Do I Stand? Left, Right or The Human Kind

Carlos Motta

Where Do I Stand? Left, Right or The Human Kind
2008
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
8 min.

Carlos Motta: Memory of a Protest

Carlos Motta

Memory of a Protest
2007
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
15:36 min.

Letícia Parente: In

Letícia Parente

In
1975
Single-channel video on monitor (Portapak, b/w, sound)
1:17 min.

Letícia Parente: Preparação 1

Letícia Parente

Preparação 1
1975
Single-channel video on monitor (Portapak, b/w, sound)
3:30 min.

Luis Pazos: Transformaciones de masas en vivo

Luis Pazos

Transformaciones de masas en vivo
1973/2011
B/w photograph
8 parts: 7 parts each 22 x 32 cm , 1 part 32 x 22 cm

Luis Pazos: CAYC al aire libre. Acción colectiva en Plaza Roberto Arlt

Luis Pazos

CAYC al aire libre. Acción colectiva en Plaza Roberto Arlt
1972
B/w photograph
2 parts: 1 part 12 x 18 cm, 1 part 9 x 14 x 18 cm

Luis Pazos: La cultura de la felicidad

Luis Pazos

La cultura de la felicidad
1971/2012
B/w photograph, mask
6 parts: 5 parts each 20 x 34 cm, 1 part 17 x 24 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Bass Guitar IX)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Bass Guitar IX)
2015
Metal
112 x 37 x 8.5 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Guitar XVI)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Guitar XVI)
2015
Metal
110 x 36.5 x 6.5 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Pan pipes V)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Pan pipes V)
2015
Metal
38 x 37.5 x 18 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Shakers I)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Shakers I)
2015
Metal
31 x 7 x 6 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Tri-clip I)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Tri-clip I)
2015
Metal
29.5 x 27 x 23 cm

Pedro Reyes: Disarm (Xylophone IXI)

Pedro Reyes

Disarm (Xylophone IXI)
2015
Metal, foam
23.5 x 46 x 37 cm

Lotty Rosenfeld: Acciones de arte

Lotty Rosenfeld

Acciones de arte
1979 - 1998
Slide-show installation (60 slides)
Grösse variabel

Yeguas del Apocalipsis: Homenaje a Sebastián Acevedo

Yeguas del Apocalipsis

Homenaje a Sebastián Acevedo
1991
Single-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
8 min.

Yeguas del Apocalipsis: La conquista de América

Yeguas del Apocalipsis

La conquista de América
1989/2013
Inkjet print on paper
4 parts: each 29.9 x 44.7 cm

Horacio Zabala: Anteproyecto para Tzinacán (III)

Horacio Zabala

Anteproyecto para Tzinacán (III)
1975
Pencil and pastel on tracing paper
70.8 x 58.7 cm

Horacio Zabala: Anteproyecto para Tzinacán II

Horacio Zabala

Anteproyecto para Tzinacán II
1975
Graphite and pastel on tracing paper
41 x 68 cm

Horacio Zabala: Anteproyectos de cárceles subterránea, flotante y sobre columna

Horacio Zabala

Horacio Zabala: Este papel es una cárcel

Horacio Zabala

Este papel es una cárcel
1972/2007
B/w photograph
23.2 x 30 cm

Sergio Zevallos: Basural

Sergio Zevallos

Basural
1983
B/w photograph
6 Teile: je 70 x 48.5 cm

Sergio Zevallos: Casona

Sergio Zevallos

Casona
1983
B/w photograph
6 Teile: je 70 x 48.5 cm

Sergio Zevallos: Martirios

Sergio Zevallos

Martirios
1983
B/w photograph
4 parts: each 70 x 48.5 cm

Lenora de Barros: Poema

Lenora de Barros

Poema
1979/2012
B/w photograph
6 parts: each 25 x 32.2 cm

Lenora de Barros: In the Country of the Big Tongue, Give Meat to Those Who Want Meat

Lenora de Barros

In the Country of the Big Tongue, Give Meat to Those Who Want Meat
2006
Single-channel video on monitor (b/w, sound)
0:33 min.

Lenora de Barros: Don't Want to See Nothing

Lenora de Barros

Don't Want to See Nothing
2005
4-channel video on monitor (color, sound)
1 min., 4:04 min., 9:50 min., 0:59 min.

Gastão de Magalhães: Memory

Gastão de Magalhães

Memory
1976/2011
B/w photograph
9 parts: each 20 x 20 cm

Gastão de Magalhães: This is a Poem

Gastão de Magalhães

This is a Poem
1975/2011
B/w photograph
4 parts: each 19 x 19 cm

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