P39
Spaces of representation: the depiction of Latin American cultures in the United States

Convenors:
Camilla Sutherland (UCL)
Bea Caballero (Birkbeck, University of London)
Location:
Malet 631
Start time:
4 April, 2014 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel examines how Latin American arts are framed within US cultural spaces.

Long abstract:

This panel interrogates how Latin American arts are framed within US cultural spaces. From fine art galleries and ethnographic museums to print media and television, the depiction of Latin American cultures within the US is shaped according to these different spheres. Far from being fixed or static, these spaces of representation will be conceived as dynamic and active spheres where meaning making processes take place. Through offering case studies from the early-twentieth century to the present-day, this panel will expose the, often problematic, manner in which Latin American cultural products are defined by the spaces in which they are presented. Moving beyond notions of homogenization, Otherness, and exoticization, this panel will attend to the political motivations that inform the presentation of Latin American cultures within US institutions, exposing what is often an imbalanced cultural interchange between the two hemispheres. Through this discussion we aim to examine the material experience of culture: what is displayed (or excluded), by whom, and where. These elements have the power to shape interactions with and interpretations of Latin American cultural products - a process that is particularly pronounced within the context of the US. Through problematizing the manner in which Latin American arts are framed within the US we can gain a crucial insight into broader issues of cultural exchange within the region.