Art and democracy in pre-Pinochet Chile

Starts:17:00 13 Nov 2013
Ends:19:00 13 Nov 2013
What is it:Seminar
Organiser:School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Who is it for:Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, University staff
Speaker:Professor Valerie Fraser

During the decades preceding the 1973 coup Chile experienced a period of extraordinary creativity. Ideas emanating from Europe, the US and elsewhere in Latin America about art's potential to promote emancipation and freedom found practical expression in Chile. This paper will consider some of the ways in which during this period, far from being dependent, artists and intellectuals were breaking new ground and exploring the power of art to help build a stronger, more egalitarian democracy.


Professor Valerie Fraser

Role: Professor of Philosophy and Art History

Organisation: University of Essex

Biography: Valerie Fraser specialises in the art and architecture of Latin America and Spain with particular emphasis on the early colonial period and the 20th/21st centuries. She is Chair of the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA). She has won a number of major awards from the AHRC including funding for a fully-illustrated online catalogue of ESCALA, and is currently overseeing a three-year AHRC-funded research project (2009-2012) entitled Meeting Margins: Transnational Art in Latin America and Europe 1950-1978 which is in collaboration with the University of the Arts London and investigates artistic relations between Europe and Latin America in the post-war period. She has worked on a number of exhibitions including Kahlo's Contemporaries held at the University Gallery in 2005, and Latin American Art: Contexts and Accomplices at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, 2004.

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