• Hélio Oiticica outside the Whitechapel Gallery, 1969, courtesy Projeto Hélio Oiticica

    Hélio Oiticica outside the Whitechapel Gallery, 1969, courtesy Projeto Hélio Oiticica

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Latin American Art and the UK


2007 - 2008

Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and the UK: history, historiography, specificity

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this year-long project is a preliminary investigation into the presence and critical reception of art and artists from Latin America in the UK from the 1960s to the present. Through the study of specific UK-based initiatives including exhibitions, publications, and the development of academic courses, the project examines the role of the UK in generating an Anglophone body of knowledge on art from Latin America and identifies local curatorial trends and theoretical particularities in the field.

This research project has exposed an unexpectedly rich vein of material relating to the Latin American art in the UK and suggests that what previously appeared to be more or less isolated examples of interest in the field are perhaps be better understood as part of a more sustained and deep-rooted enthusiasm born of shared and often anti-hegemonic concerns.

You can find further details about the research project here on the Research Councils UK website. 



Symposium – Latin American Art and the UK, 1960s to the present

Latin American Art and the UK, 1960s to the present, is the focus for a symposium at the University of Essex on Saturday 26 April, bringing together both emerging and leading scholars in this field. The symposium is the culmination of a research project, Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and the UK: history, historiography, specificity (LAUK).

Speakers include:he symposium participants include:
Michael Asbury (Senior Research Fellow, University of the Arts London)
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (Curator, Jersey City Museum)
Isabel Plante (Ph.D. candidate, Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Guy Brett (independent writer and curator)
Joanne Harwood (Assistant Director, University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art)
Oriana Baddeley (Director of Research Camberwell College of Art, Co-Director TrAIN)
Dawn Ades (Professor, University of Essex)
Valerie Fraser (Principal Investigator, Latin American Art in the UK Project)
Isobel Whitelegg and Taína Caragol (Senior Researcher and Research Officer, Latin American Art in the
UK Project)
Jaime Gili, Ana Laura López, Eduardo Padilha, and Ofelia Rodríguez, Latin American artists resident in London

The event will culminate with a reception to launch a limited edition of prints by Jaime Gili, commissioned by the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UECLAA). Live music will be provided by London-based, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa.

This event is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Department of Art History and Theory, the Latin American Centre and the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. 

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