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Seminar, Speaker: Isabel Garcia Pérez de Arce

Museum of Contemporary Art, 26 January 2012, 1-3 p.m.

Within the project " Digitizing Ideas: Archives of Conceptual and Neoavantgarde Art Practices," the curator and artist Isabel Garcia from Chile will hold a seminar on art archives in South America.

The truth is that today we can see the movements and undertakings of art institutions in the international mainstream that for some years now have included Latin American archives from recent decades in their agendas, programs and collections.

Is this a “renovation” of historical perspectives? Will Latin American archives have the possibility to change “the big history”, to provide a different way of handling so-called “conceptual art” , or offer a new point of view for critical art? Can these documents, rescued today from their recent oblivion, renew discourses, artistic speculations in the “art and politics” marriage? Can Latin American archives make a contribution capable of preserving and activating our local archives for the production of history? What are the political-poetical interpretations of the archives? What is the role of imagination? Can the archive present the possibility for reading history in poetic subjectivities as opposed to hegemonic discourse? What are the relations between document and visuality? Is it sufficient to create new taxonomies to have new histories?

Isabel García Pérez de Arce, (1972, Santiago, Chile) is an artist and curator. She served as director of the Center for Arts Documentation of the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda from its founding in 2006 until this year. Within this institutional setting she created an archive of documents related to contemporary Chilean art of the last thirty years, in bibliographic and audiovisual collections, freely accessible to students and scholars. She devised the program “Archivo Abierto” [Open Archive], a series of exhibitions and seminars reflecting on the concept of an archive, to expand its uses and its academic, historical and poetic possibilities. She was invited to the 28th São Paulo Biennial and has participated in various other curatorships, publications and international seminars.

Participation in the seminar is free, but because of the limited number of participants, we kindly ask you to register via email till the 25th January at the following addresses:

jasna.jaksic @ msu.hr

bella.rupena @ msu.hr

"Digitizing Ideas: Archives of Conceptual and Neoavantgarde Art Practices" is a partnership project of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Modern Gallery, Ljubljana; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, and was achieved with the support of the Culture Programme 2007-13, City Department of Education, Culture and Sport of the City of Zagreb, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, Erste Foundation and the Art Mentor Foundation.


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