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24 Nov, 7.00pm, MCA

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La Cita Transcultural: Art from Latin America

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


09 Mar 1993 to 13 Jun 1993


Luis F Benedit, Juan Davila, Eugenio Dittborn, Arturo Duclos, Flavio Garciandia


Nestor Garcia Canclini, Ticio Escobar, Celeste Olalquiaga, Nelly Richard, Osvaldo Sanchez


Nelly Richard & Bernice Murphy

about the exhibition

This major exhibition of artists from Latin America questioned the nostalgic and stereotypical view of Latin America as an exotic and primitive culture. It set up a dialogue between five artists and five authors, emphasising the dislocation, appropriation and reconversion of multiple cultural and artistic references. Through the development of these themes, hybrid identities, signs and cultures were allowed to emerge in the artists’ practice, reflecting the authors’ provisional relationships with language and identity.

This exhibition was the outcome of a dialogue between critic Nelly Richard and artist Juan Davila that began in the early 1980s. Davila was based in Melbourne, but continued to be involved with and explore political and cultural issues in his home country of Chile. Davila and Richard’s discussions evolved from the conflicts and similarities between these greatly divergent cultures with different indigenous and colonial histories. It also considered the larger project of developing a post-colonial understanding of art across a diversity of contexts and regions, acknowledging the heterogeneity of all culture and the complex relationships between centre and periphery.

La Cita Transcultural aimed to initiate an ongoing dialogue and exchange with artists in Chile, Cuba, Argentina and other countries in Latin America.