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Commonplace Narratives

Fugir da brasilidade

Demonstrators on Presidente Vargas Avenue in downtown Rio de Janeiro, June 20, 2013.
Demonstrators on Presidente Vargas Avenue in downtown Rio de Janeiro, June 20, 2013. Photo: Santiago García Navarro

Santiago Garcia Navarro examines some of the ways in which Brazil’s image of itself has been reflected in a matrix of cultural and popular phenomena that includes the writings of Oswald de Andrade and Paolo Virno, local demonstrations against the 2014 World Cup, and the ongoing activity of tag-writing pixadores. More

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Collectivity and Revolution

Colectividad y revolución

From left: Elmar Rojas, Roberto Cabrera, and Marco Augusto Quiroa, founders of Grupo Vértebra, with one of their sculptures.
From left: Elmar Rojas, Roberto Cabrera, and Marco Augusto Quiroa, founders of Grupo Vértebra, with one of their sculptures. Photo: Courtesy Anaite Quiroa

Emiliano Valdés traces the development of artists’ collective projects in the politically volatile context of Guatemala, beginning with Galería DS in 1964 and continuing through the subsequent decades to the opening of Gabriel Rodríguez’s S1. More

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Sandra Eleta in Portobelo

Sandra Eleta en Portobelo

Yaneca Esquina, Sacred Secrets, 2000
Yaneca Esquina, Sacred Secrets, 2000. Acrylic, enamel, and mirrors on canvas and wood, 119 x 94 cm. Photo: Guillermo Guevara, reproduced from Monica Kupfer ed., V Bienal de Arte de Panamá 2000 (Panama: Cervecería Nacional, 2000), p. 35

Adrienne Samos looks at the creative journey of artist and photographer Sandra Eleta, whose return to Portobelo, a village on Panama’s Caribbean coast that she first visited as a child, continues to fuel her work. More

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Independent Spaces Built the Scene

Han sido las plataformas independientes las que han construido la escena

Colectivo Pornomiseria (Víctor Albarracín, Kevin Mancera, Edwin Sanchez, Francisco Toquica, and Cindy Triana), Limpieza Social (Un espectáculo de rehabilitación), 2006
Colectivo Pornomiseria (Víctor Albarracín, Kevin Mancera, Edwin Sanchez, Francisco Toquica, and Cindy Triana), Limpieza Social (Un espectáculo de rehabilitación), 2006. Performance view: Festival de Performance, Cali, Colombia, 2006. Photo: Helena Producciones

Ericka Florez discovers that Cali, Colombia, has emerged from the strife of the 1980s and ’90s with renewed artistic energy, thanks in part to enterprises like independent space lugar a dudas and collective Helena Producciones. More

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Museum, Musex, Mutext, Mutant: Giuseppe Campuzano’s Transvestite Machine

Museo, musexo, mutexto, mutante: la máquina travesti de Giuseppe Campuzano

Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo, The Virgin of Guacas (Portrait of Giuseppe Campuzano as the Virgin Dolorosa) (La Virgen de las Guacas [Retrato de Giuseppe Campuzano como Virgen Dolorosa]), 2007
Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo, The Virgin of Guacas (Portrait of Giuseppe Campuzano as the Virgin Dolorosa) (La Virgen de las Guacas [Retrato de Giuseppe Campuzano como Virgen Dolorosa]), 2007. Chromogenic print, 70 x 194 cm. Collection of the artist, Rome

Miguel Lopez explores the artistic and political legacy of philosopher, drag queen, and activist Giuseppe Campuzano, whose Museo Travesti de Peru (Transvestite Museum of Peru) mapped out a subversive politics of gender, memory, and representation. More

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Esteban Valdés’s Fuera de Trabajo and Its Influence

Fuera de Trabajo de Esteban Valdés y su influencia

Marxz Rosado, The Process for Attaining the Signature of Pedro Albizu Campos in Neon Lights (Proceso para conseguir la firma de Pedro Albizu Campos en luces de neón), 1977–2002
Marxz Rosado, The Process for Attaining the Signature of Pedro Albizu Campos in Neon Lights (Proceso para conseguir la firma de Pedro Albizu Campos en luces de neón), 1977–2002. Neon. Installation view, Tráfico Gráfico, Dr. Pío López Martínez Museum of Art at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, 2012. Photo: Courtesy of the Dr. Pío López Martínez Museum of Art at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus

Esteban Valdés’s groundbreaking book of concrete poetry Fuera de Trabajo is, argues Marina Reyes Franco, a touchstone of Puerto Rican culture of the 1970s that was unjustly ignored until its rediscovery by artists after 2000. More