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Art and the Arab Citizen: Raising Public Consciousness through the Arts

الفن والمواطن العربي: زيادة الوعي العام من خلال الفن سلوى مقدادي

Samah Hijawi, Imagined Memory (Thakira Khayalieh), 2007. Amman, Jordan. Photo: Courtesy the artist
Samah Hijawi, Imagined Memory (Thakira Khayalieh), 2007. Amman, Jordan. Photo: Courtesy the artist

Salwa Mikdadi’s historically informed account of contemporary art in the Arab world reveals how the past decade has seen new forms of creative practice emerge, contributing to the political and social empowerment of local communities. More

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A Letter from Bolivia

Una correspondencia de Bolivia

Maria Galindo interviewing Álvaro García Linera, Vice-President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, for Bolivian Página Siete
Maria Galindo interviewing Álvaro García Linera, Vice-President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, for Bolivian Página Siete. Photo: Maria Galindo/Página Siete

In a letter addressed to MAP curator Pablo León de la Barra, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz recalls something that happened while he was in the company of Bolivian artist María Galindo, an incident that prompted him to reconsider the idea of visibility in relation to the country’s contemporary art scene. More

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The Dematerializer: Media, Ways of Life, and Politics in the Work of Roberto Jacoby

El Dematerializador: Medios, formas de vida y política en la obra de Roberto Jacoby

Roberto Jacoby and Syd Krochmalny, Chastity, Fruit, 2006–07
Roberto Jacoby and Syd Krochmalny, Chastity, Fruit, color photograph, 76.2 x 101.6 cm, 2006–07. Photo: Courtesy Syd Krochmalny © Roberto Jacoby

Artist and writer Syd Krochmalny provides a detailed account of the complex experimental oeuvre of iconoclastic Buenos Aires-born conceptual artist Roberto Jacoby, a body of work in which “life and art function as a continuum.” More

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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