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Art History Professor Elena Shtromberg publishes book on Video in Latin America

Elena Shtromberg publishes Encounters in Video in Latin America

Art History Professor Elena Shtromberg with co-editor Glenn Phillips published the volume Encounters in Video in Latin America (Getty Research Institute), which examines how artists have experimented with video across different regions of Latin America since the 1960s, and engages critically with the medium as a tool for social change.

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.

A reception to celebrate the publication will be held at the College Art Association 2023 Conference.