PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK LA EXPOSICIÓN COMO RECOLONIZACIÓN. EXPOSICIONES DE ARTE LATINOAMERICANO EN EL ESTADO ESPAÑOL
14th of June 2018, at La Central Library of the Reina Sofía Museum, (Madrid).
La exposición como recolonización: exposiciones de arte latinoamericano en el Estado español (1989-2010), by Francisco Godoy Vega, is the result of the doctoral thesis defended at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2015, winner of the 3rd Research Prize CEXECI to Doctoral Theses “Fernando Mangas”; a call launched by the Extremaduran Centre for Studies and Cooperation with Ibero-America (CEXECI) -which has now become the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation- in 2017. Through archive research and interviewing curators, artists and cultural managers, the book makes a criticism of Eurocentric thinking, analysing the different readings concerning Latin American art through exhibitions carried out in the Spanish State during the last decades. From an anticolonial perspective, the book carries out a geopolitical study of the relations that the Spanish art system establishes with its former colonies and it deals with the symbolic, political and economic connotations within the curatorial projects analysed. Apart from a detailed review of paradigmatic exhibitions, such as Principio Potosí (2010), Versiones del Sur (2000), Plus Ultra (1992) and Arte en Iberoamérica (1989), the book presents historical moments of tension and transformation within the art system as well as a brief history of the exhibitions of the former colonies in the Spanish State since the end of the nineteenth century and a genealogy of the construction of the concepts “Latin America” and “Latin American Art”.
Francisco Godoy Vega (Santiago, Chile, 1983). Chilean curator, teacher and poet residing in Madrid. He has worked as a professor in the Department of History and Theory of Art of the UAM (2015-2017) and has been a researcher at the Reina Sofía Museum (2009-2011, 2014-2016). He has published poetry books: La revolución de las ratas (Madrid, Esto no es Berlín, 2013) and La enfermedad del sudaca (Valencia, FEA, 2018) as well as articles in books, such as Pensar los estudios culturales desde España (Madrid, Verbum, 2012), París/México, capitales del exilio (México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014) and Decolonising Museums (Brussels, L’Internationale Online, 2015). He has co-edited the book No existe sexo sin racialización (Ayllu, Madrid, 2017, with Leticia Rojas). He has also been the curator of samples such as Chile Vive. Memoria activada (CCE, Santiago, 2013), Crítica de la razón migrante (La Casa Encendida, Madrid-CCE, Asunción, Tegucigalpa and Mexico DF, 2014-2016, with Carolina Bustamante), Colectivo Acciones de Arte (CADA), 1979-1985 (MNCARS, Madrid, 2016) and Multitud Marica. Activaciones de archivos sexo-disidentes en América Latina (MSSA, Santiago, 2017, with Felipe Rivas). He is currently preparing the exhibition Todos los tonos de la rabia. Poéticas y políticas antirracistas (MUSAC, León, 2018, with Carolina Bustamante). He is a member of the group El Real Archivo Sudaca and Ayllu and resides in Matadero, Madrid.