CASA TOMADA: II Congress of Young Artists and Writers of Latin America and the Caribbean

As part of the Casa de las Américas year-long series of events celebrating 50 years of promotion and study of Caribbean and Latin American cultures, it will host CASA TOMADA, II Encuentro de Jóvenes Artistas y Escritores de América Latina y el Caribe [II Congress of Young Artists and Writers of Latin America and the Caribbean]. It will be held December 14-18, 2009, at Casa de las Américas, in Havana, Cuba. The title, Casa Tomada, renders tribute to writer Julio Cortázar (and his short story “Casa tomada” [House Taken Over]).

The first congress took place in 1983, when numerous artists, writers, critics, and scholars born after 1950 gathered in Havana to debate topics related to the visual arts, music, and literature. This year, the event brings together those born after 1967 to take part in an interdisciplinary dialogue, from theoretical or artistic perspectives, the diverse cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, and to generate a space for the circulation and promotion of works created by the generations of artists and writers. Events include exhibition, concerts, lectures, roundtables, and other related activities.

Some of the themes to be explored are: Displacements: migrations, cultural resistance, sense of belonging, assimilation, transculturation and (de)territorialization; Poetics: new languages/new topics, aesthetics and creation, perspectives; Spaces: participation and legitimization, opportunities through art/young creators, mass media/alternative media, marginalization; and Re-cognition: identity, cultural referents, new social movements, roles and responsibility of intellectuals.

For full description (in Spanish), see http://unionhispanoamericana.ning.com/events/casa-tomada-ii-encuentro-de

The congress poster featured here was created by Cuban artists Nelson Ponce and Pepe Menéndez. Image from http://www.casatomada.casa.cult.cu/

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