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Notes from a Neighborhood Called Cuba

Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba

Video still: Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba
Video still: Ericka Olivares, Notas desde un barrio llamado Cuba, 2014

In a video inspired by Argentine art critic Marta Traba and shot in Guayaquil, Lupe Alvarez and Eliana Hidalgo explore Ecuadorian art, discussing among other things the contribution of Eduardo Kingman and the roles of caricature and photography. More

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Dispatch: Ecuador

A modernist building in the city center of Guayaquil, Ecuador
A modernist building in the city center of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Report number eight from Pablo Léon de la Barra’s research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to three locales in Ecuador: Guayaquil, the nation’s largest city and home to many tropical modernist buildings; Quito, the capital; and Cuenca, known as Ecuador’s cultural city. More

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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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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 García 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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Dispatch: Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, capital of the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico
Old San Juan, capital of the Free Associated State of Puerto Rico

Report number six from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to cultural hotspots in Puerto Rico. There, artists and organizers are finding creative ways to persevere against the backdrop of an economy in crisis, often by drawing on the country’s rich history. More