“Radical Women” brings Latin American female artists into the spotlight

(Los Angeles, USA)

The time that goes from the 1960s to the 1980s was a key one in the development of contemporary art, and Latin America was no exception to that. Yet, when it comes to naming the most important artists of the region at the time, many of whom endured violent dictatorships, it is usually men that come to mind: from Carlos-Cruz Diez to Hélio Oiticica, from Jesús Soto to Geraldo de Barros, the fact is that women are often abbreviated or even erased from art history’s account of those decades.

It is in an effort to address that “art historical vacuum” that Hammer Museum opened, last September, the exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985”. Giving visibility to artistic experimental practices of Chicanas and Latinas living in the US and in Latin America between 1960 and 1985, the show presents works by emblematic figures, such as Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta and Marta Minujín, alongside lesser-known artists, such as the sculptor Feliza Burztyn and the photographer Sophie Rivera. Furthermore, Lenora de Barros, PIPA Prize 2010 nominee and currently on view in the exhibition “Indelével”, at Arte Clube Jacarandá, is one of the 22 Brazilian female artists – of a total of 116 – that have been chosen by the curators Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta to take part in the show.

“For the artists included in this exhibition, the female body became a locus of exploration and rediscovery in a radical new visual language that challenged the way of understanding the world”, explains Fajardo-Hill. The artworks that constitute the show, which often revolve around “self-portraiture, body landscapes, and feminisms”, according to co-curator Andrea Giunta,  make for an argument that many of these underestimated artists have contributed to the making of a more diverse and more complex contemporary art – and hence should not, by all means, be forgotten by art history.

See some of the artworks by Brazilian artists featured in the exhibition below:

Watch a sneak preview of the exhibition below:


“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960‐1985”
Curated by Andrea Giunta and Cecilia Fajardo-Hill
On view from September 15th to December 31th, 2017

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