What is contemporary Latin American art? Who are its exponents? What is the role of collecting in this field? These are difficult questions to answer, but they allow us to relate the exhibition’s content concisely. Since its creation in 2002, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) has formed one of the most extensive programs of Latin American contemporary art. With this collection, they open “Plural Empires. Selected works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection”at the Museu de Arte de Zapopan, in Mexico. The exhibition is open from September 4th to January 8th.
Contemporary Latin American art, as reflected in the CIFO Collection, includes artists of all generations, backgrounds, training, preferences and experiences. They are from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Among them, Alice Miceli and Marcius Galan participate in the group show. The old dichotomies that guided the art of the continent, namely: tradition vs. revolution; localisms vs. universalisms; figurativism vs. abstraction; political-apolitical; private-public; and so many other categories that gave certainty to the regional art debate, no longer operate in the contemporary world. As there are few who continue to resort to iconographic or narrative language to define Latin American identity, each new work is usually a challenge to the stereotypes of what is Latin American.
On the other hand, there are many programs under which artists operate, whether derived from postcolonial theories and representation, from entropy or systems theories to epistemology or the social sciences, addressing issues as complex as those proposed by the new philosophical materialisms.