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 ... read moreestimate 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.