RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960-1985 (2017)
RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN
SEP 15–DEC 31, 2017
For women artists in Latin America, the decades covered by the exhibition were a time of both repression and liberation. Many countries in the region were ruled by dictatorships or were experiencing civil war. The lives of many of the artists featured in Radical Women were determined by experiences of authoritarianism, imprisonment, exile, torture, violence, and censorship. Yet this period also saw the emergence of new trends and visions. While few Latin American women artists identified as feminists, their works and their lives often manifested a vision of the female universe at odds with the region's repressive regimes and deeply rooted patriarchal values.
"The lives of many of the artists featured in Radical Women were determined by experiences of authoritarianism, imprisonment, exile, torture, violence, and censorship"
The Latina and Chicana artists working in the United States developed an aesthetic that addressed the marginalization of women and of their own communities in American society. Many of them participated in the civil rights, antiwar, gay rights, and feminist movements. Whether based in Latin America or the United States, the artists embraced the expanded possibilities of the era, with some contributing to the revitalization of traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture and others taking up new disciplines such as video art, performance, and conceptual practices.
Central to the diverse works in Radical Women is the notion of the political body. The themes around which the exhibition is organized—the self-portrait, the relationship between the body and landscape, the mapping of the body, the erotic, the power of words, the performative body, resistance and fear, feminisms, and social places—serve to render visible the shared concerns of artists across a vast geographic region.
More info at https://hammer.ucla.edu/radical-women