The line of force The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory, coordinated by Chilean theorist Nelly Richard, brings into focus different initiatives of training, research and public activities in the Museo Reina Sofía. The programme’s point of departure is the conception of memory, not as a fixed gaze on a concluded past but as an agent to decipher and re-read fragments and settings, procedures and narratives, rhetoric and politics of the body and image that continue to question the present with their force of performance. To survey these past/present materials entails strengthening multiple senses, in friction at the crossroads between art, subjectivity, social discourse, culture and institutions.
On this occasion, the programme shines a light on cases in Spain and the Southern Cone of South America, starting, firstly, with the unveiling of the exhibition Incomplete Times. Chile, the First Neoliberal Laboratory, in the Museo’s Library and Documentation Centre (from 21 March to 24 May 2019), and the guided tour by its curator, Nelly Richard. The show brings together different artistic and activist practices which explore the economic ‘shock doctrine’, developed by the Chicago Boys to turn Chile into the first global neoliberal laboratory under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Secondly, the seminar Chile: The Critical Operations of Memory, conducted by Nelly Richard, seeks to look between certain folds in Chile’s social historicity which mark the passage from dictatorship to transition, considering the relationship between art and critical thought.
The programme concludes with the round-table discussion Bodies and Memories of the Transition in Latin America and Spain: Feminist Re-Readings, featuring the participation of Maite Garbayo, Ana Longoni, Nelly Richard and Clara Serra. Together, through feminist narratives, they analyse conditions of transition in Spain, Chile and Argentina, vying for the subjective footprints that make up identity, sexuality and gender, and the emergence – past and present – of women as a collective subject of political articulation and social transformation to be vectors of commotion in the unstable and essential exercise of these historical re-writings.
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