“A Universal History of Infamy” discusses preconceived ideas about Latin America

(Los Angeles, US)

Referencing the title of a collection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges, “A Universal History of Infamy” showcases the works of more than 15 boundary-defying artists –amongst them Carla Zaccagnini, nominated for PIPA Prize 2012 – to challenge cliches and common sense about Latin America and its “diaspora” to the United States. The exhibition starts this Sunday, August 20th, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Developed during two-month residencies at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, most of the works showcased are new projects of artists who live and practice in several countries of Latin America. The diversity amongst the artists shows the complexity of Latin America – and, thus, of its art production – and proposes different ways of experiencing art through adopting various methods, combining research with visual art and working across a range of media, from installation and sculpture to performance and video. In an interview for LACMA website, the curators point out that their aim within the project “is not to try to answer what constitutes Latin American or U.S. Latino art production, but rather to look at the work of artists who are defying categories at every step and seeing what we can learn from their practices”.

“A Universal History of Infamy”, group show by Angela Bonadíes, Mariana Castillo Deball, Carolina Caycedo, Josefina Guilisasti, Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, Runo Lagomarsino, Fernanda Laguna, Michael Linares, NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé], MapaTeatro [Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden], Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Gala Porras-Kim, Vincent Ramos, Oscar Santillán,  Zinny and Maidagan and Carla Zaccagnini
On view from August 20th, 2017 through February 19th, 2018

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