Miguel A. Lopez - South-South Intersections: Southern Conceptualisms Network and the Political Possibilities of Local Histories
Miguel A. Lopez is a writer, artist and researcher based in Lima. He is a regular contributor to Ramona and Artecontexto, and has also written for Afterall, Papers d'Art, Papel Alpha, Juanacha, and other periodicals. He is co-author of Post-Ilusiones. Nuevas visiones. Arte critico en Lima, 1980-2006 (2007) and co-curator of "Subversive Practices. Art under conditions of Political Repression. South America / Europe / 60s-80s" at Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2009); "La Persistencia de lo Efímero. Orígenes del no-objetualismo peruano: ambientaciones / happenings / arte conceptual (1965-1975)" at Spanish Cultural Center, Lima (2007), among many others. He is also an active member, since its foundation in 2007, of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur.
Red Conceptualismos del Sur (Southern Conceptualisms Network) is an international platform for joint production, reflection, and the establishment of a common political position. This network was founded towards the end of 2007 by a group of researchers concerned with the need for a political intervention on the neutralizing process of a set of critical and ‘conceptual’ practices, which had taken place in Latin American since the 1960s under authoritarian regimes and political repression. Its main objective is to create renewed conditions for the preservation of artists archives and/or the documentation of political events dismissed by hegemonic readings and recent historiographic accounts of so-called Latin American art. This presentation focuses on two of RCS’s recent projects: the ‘Cartographies’ project, an attempt to seek for both existing archival initiatives and documents and material sources at serious risk in Latin America; and its experience creating a public archive of the Uruguayan experimental poet and artist Clemente Padín in Montevideo city.