Radical Women in Latin American and Caribbean Art

From Tarzan to Rambo: English Born 'Native' Considers her Relationship to the Constructed/Self Image and her Roots in Reconstruction 1987 by Sonia Boyce born 1962

In “Radicales, engagées ou embarquées?” [Radical, engaged, or involved?] Aica Caraïbe du Sud comments on the upcoming exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985,” which will be on view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles: September 15–December 31, 2017; and at the Brooklyn Museum, New York: March 16–July 8, 2018. [Also see our previous post HAMMER MUSEUM’S ‘RADICAL WOMEN’ TO SHOWCASE LATINA ARTISTS ON THE POLITICS OF THE FEMALE BODY.]

As Aica Caraïbe du Sud explains, the exhibition will include works by one hundred and thirty women from fifteen Latin American countries, the continental Caribbean and Caribbean islands: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. [Some examples are: Costa Rica: Victoria Cabezas (1950); Cuba; Antonia Eiriz (1929–1995), Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), Marta María Pérez (1959), Zilia Sánchez (1928); Panama: Sandra Eleta (1942); Puerto Rico: Poli Marichal (1955), Frieda Medín (1954); United States: María Martínez Cañas (Cuban origins/lived in Puerto Rico, 1960), Sophie Rivera (Puerto Rican origins, 1938).]

What is most interesting about this article is that it explores the many ways in which artists can be radical, engaged or involved vis-à-vis the world through their artistic and critical practices. It explains the different types of engagement and political stances of other women artists around the world who, through their work, express themselves against male supremacy, aesthetic constraints imposed on women, stereotyped views of women, flawed views of black women, the violence of slavery, etc. The article explores the work of many women artists, including from the Caribbean (who are not part of the Hammer Museum exhibition) such as Janine Antoni (Bahamas), Sonia Boyce (UK, Afro-Caribbean roots—see image above), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Renée Cox (U.S.-Jamaica), Susan Dayal (Trinidad), Susana Pilar Delahante (Cuba), Florine Démosthène (Haiti), Raquel Païewonsky (Dominican Republic), and Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica), among others.

Aica also offers a fantastic gallery of images to illustrate the engaged artistic production of some of these artists.

For full article, see https://aica-sc.net/2017/01/11/radicales-engagees-ou-embarquees/

For more on the Radical Women: Latin American Art exhibition, see https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2017/radical-women-latin-american-art-1960-1985/

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