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Configuring the New Lima Art Scene
An Anthropological Analysis of Contemporary Art in Latin America

ISBN 9781350140127
Published January 25, 2021 by Routledge
268 Pages 30 Color & 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the contemporary art world in Latin America from an anthropological perspective and recognises the recent reconfiguration of Lima's art scene.

Giuliana Borea traces the practices of artists, curators, collectors, art dealers and museums, identifying three key moments in this reconfiguration of contemporary art in Lima: artistic explorations and new curatorial narratives; museum reinforcement and the strengthening of Latin American art networks; and of the rise of the art market. In so doing, Borea highlights the different actors that come into play in activating and de-activating directions and imaginations. The book exposes the practices of the local, the global, indigeneity and politics in the arts, and reveals that the strengthening of the Lima art scene has fostered the expansion of dominant art views and formats mobilised by transnational elite actors.

Featuring analytical chapters interspersed with personal stories, Borea's book presents an in-depth analysis of a specific art scene to open up a new way of understanding contemporary art practices in relation to globalisation, neoliberalism and the city.

Table of Contents

Introduction;  1. Triggering change: Lima Biennial and the social re-engagement of art;  Trajectory: Fernando Bryce;  2. Democratic effervescence: The renewal of Lima and artists’ experimentations;  Trajectory: Natalia Iguiñiz;  3. Enlarging the contemporary: The rise of the curator and indigenous artists;  Trajectory: Rember Yahuarcani;  4. Reinforcement of the museum: Debates and institutional articulations;  Artists on Art: Meta-reflections on the art scene;  5. Networking Latin America: Transnational actors and the new role of art collectors;  Trajectory: Elena Damiani;  6. The celebration of culture: Creative Lima and the growth of the art market;  Epilogue;  Conclusion


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Giuliana Borea is a Lecturer of Anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.