Abstract: In the 20th century, Argentina went through successive periods of democracy and military dictatorships. The regime of Juan Carlos Onganía (1966-1970) and of the four Juntas that controlled the country after 1976 military coup (1976-1983) are remembered especially for their authoritarianism and their exertion of intense political and ideological repression. Human rights organizations esti... read moremate that at least thirty thousand people were disappeared and killed during the last military period, also known as the Dirty War. Focusing mainly on three case studies, this thesis explores the response of Argentine conceptual artists to political violence and state terrorism from the 1960s through 1990s. Through the analysis of the 1960s avant-garde collective Tucumán Arde, the 1983 conceptual event "El Siluetazo," and the 1990s memory art of the neoconceptual photographer Marcelo Brodsky, this research project maps out the network of connections and departures that exists between conceptual practices in Argentina.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Art and Art History.
Advisor: Adriana Zavala.
Committee: Monica McTighe, and Nina Gerassi-Navarro.