The course focuses on material culture in contemporary Latin America throughout literature, essays, visual texts, films and new cultural experiences. Materiality is the media but also is part of the symbolic choice of artists and cultural agents. The course discusses the problem of peripheral countries in the globalized economy and how culture offers a place of reflection and interchange of new experience. In the frame of the new material culture studies, we will study works and practices where documentality, archive practices, objectuality are political issues plenty of potential meanings. Students will be introduced to theoretical writing on material culture in different contexts (Argentina, Brazil, México, Perú). This course will provide students with an accurate understanding of some of the topics of contemporary Latin American culture related to the market, aesthetics and politics including topics as elite culture vs. popular culture, practices of resistance, representation of the violence, cities as spectacles and new phenomena as landfill and poverty art. The class will be conducted in Spanish and all written assignments will also be in that language.
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