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Art History Prof. Elena Shtromberg Publishes Book

Encounters in Video Art in Latin America book cover

Congratulations to Prof. Elena Shtromberg and the publication of her new book, Encounters in Video Art in Latin America. The book is co-edited by Glenn Phillips, senior curator of modern and contemporary collections and head of exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute.

Getty Publications describes the book as follows:

The emergence of video art in Latin America is marked by multiple points of development, across more than a dozen artistic centers, over a period of more than twenty-five years. When it was first introduced during the 1960s, video was seen as empowering: the portability of early equipment and the possibility of instant playback allowed artists to challenge and at times subvert the mainstream media. Video art in Latin America was—and still is—closely related to the desire for social change. Themes related to gender, ethnic, and racial identity as well as the consequences of social inequality and ecological disasters have been fundamental to many artists’ practices.

This compendium explores the history and current state of artistic experimentation with video throughout Latin America. Departing from the relatively small body of existing scholarship in English, much of which focuses on individual countries, this volume approaches the topic thematically, positioning video artworks from different periods and regions throughout Latin America in dialogue with each other. Organized in four broad sections—Encounters, Networks and Archives, Memory and Crisis, and Indigenous Perspectives—the book’s essays and interviews encourage readers to examine the medium of video across varied chronologies and geographies.

Solange Farkas, Director and Curator, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, says the following about the book:

Encounters in Video Art in Latin America has already emerged as one of the most notable publications on the historical and future paths of video in Latin America. Through essays and interviews permeated by rich images, we enter both broad contextualizations and specific case analyses. The book covers some crucial themes for video on our continent, from the importance of creating and safeguarding collections to examples of contemporary, innovative indigenous video production.