ART AND [POST]DICTATORSHIP IN THE SOUTHERN CONE
Lecture at Živko Skvotec, ROG, Ljubljana
The period of military dictatorships in the “Southern Cone” (Argentina-Uruguay-Chile) between 1973 and the end of the eighties supposed a strong and sudden crack in all fields of society, politics, economy and culture that shows until the present day its extroardinary significance. The ways in which artists react and were forced to act in that context, and the works of art produced inmediately before and after the regimes, and the contexts in which artists -writers, visual artists, musicians- worked during this period represent an important and not yet well conceptualized repertory of models of actuation and strategies of representation – from allegorical to literal- of the absolutely necessary, of the must-to-be-said in a context of reppression, militarization and censorship. This lecture will deal with these issues, offering some tools – categories, contexts, forms- and examples -images, names, sounds- to introduce the problem and incite to compare and discuss.