Sunday 12 January 2014


Photos: The Procrastinator (some) Times.

During the holiday break we had the chance to travel to Paris and visited in the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain a wonderful exhibition of Latin American photographs, from 1960 to 2013. A relevant period of time because, according to the curators' timeline Latin American history has been composed of four distinct political cycles: a revolutionary period in the 60s; a counter-revolutionary phase between the 60s ant the 80s; a gradual return to democracy starting in the 80s (despite the survival of authoritarians enclaves); and "a swing to the left" by the 90s and 00s.

Focusing in the relationship between text and the photographic image the Fondation Cartier and the Museo Amparo in Puebla, México, put together 72 artists from 11 countries, some of them are: Marcos López (Arg), Francis Alÿs (Mex), Ever Astudillo (Col), Paolo Gasparini (Ven), Graciela Iturbide (Mex), Alejandro Jodorowski (Chi) and José Figuera (Cub).

As part of the exhibition the Cartier Foundation commissioned a film and the Paraguayan artist Fredi Casco, working with director Renate Costa, traveled all around Latin America in search of some of the artists and photographers presented in the exhibition América Latina 1960-2013. The film, that is absolutely wonderful, called Revuelta(s) was recorded between February and August 2013, and it can be seen in the Fondation Cartier website.

América Latina 1960-2013 can be seen in the Fondation Cartier in Paris until the 6th of April, and then from May 15th to September 17th will be at the Museo Amparo.

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