RedCSur: Reshaping What “South” Means
Lecture by Mabel Tapia

  • RedCSur: Reshaping What “South” Means
    Demonstration in Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, circa 1983, photo courtesy Alfredo Alonso and Centro de Documentación en Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en Argentina.

In its founding declaration, the Red Conceptualismos del Sur (Southern Conceptualisms Network) adopts “a strategic use of the term ‘South’.” It is used with the purpose of intervening in the geopolitical segmentation of Latin America, within the current hemispheric conjuncture.


The geopolitical condition of the “South” is not used as a metonym for the geography of Latin America, but as a discursive tool for dismantling “centrality” and reversing the epistemic “marginality” through which global “conceptualisms” have been historicized. Through the strategic and geopolitical use of the term “South,” the Network seeks to ensure that the Latin-American stance is informed not by a reclamation of some regional cultural identity, but rather that it allows the rethinking and revision of the strict dichotomies that divide center and periphery, canon and counter-canon, First and Third worlds, Western and Non-Western.

Mabel Tapia is an independent researcher. Her research focuses on art practices from the twentieth century involving the use of archives, activism, and political engagement that has as one of its main characteristics the deactivation of the aesthetic function. Her publications include (as editor), Losing human form. A seismic image of the '80s in Latin America (2013, 2014), Really Useful Knowledge (2014), and Desinventario (2015).
 

Mabel Tapia

is an independent researcher. Her research focuses on art practices from the twentieth century involving the use of archives, activism, and political engagement that has as one of its main characteristics the deactivation of the aesthetic function. Her publications include (as editor), Losing human form. A seismic image of the '80s in Latin America (2013, 2014), Really Useful Knowledge (2014), and Desinventario (2015)

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