Memories of Underdevelopment examines a major paradigm shift in culture and the visual arts, characterized by the articulation of a counter-narrative to the rhetoric of developmentalism that resulted in early instances of decolonial thought in the artistic practices produced in the region between the early 1960s and the mid-1980s.
During this period intellectuals and artists throughout the region echoed the critiques coming from the field of political economy, questioning imposed cultural and aesthetic models, marking a critical distance from the canon and formal vocabulary of the modern, reclaiming local forms of knowledge as well as popular and vernacular expressions, and recognizing the value of cultural manifestations born out of conditions of material poverty. Many artists, some even formerly affiliated to the modernist avant-gardes in their respective countries, established a dialogic relation to these cultural forms, engaging in a structural commitment to their incorporation into their own avant-garde practices and generating forms of collectivization of experience that fostered social awareness through spatial modes of perception and participation.
Organized by Julieta González, Artistic Director, Museo Jumex, with the collaboration at MCASD of Kathryn Kanjo, Sharon Lerner, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Anthony Graham, and Jenna Jacobs.
Coordinated at Museo Jumex, by Maria Emilia Fernández, Curatorial Assistant.
Memories of Underdevelopment: Art and the Decolonial Turn in Latin America, 1960-1985 is co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museo Jumex, and Museo de Arte de Lima. Lead support was provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. Additional support was provided through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project has received generous underwriting support from Maryanne and Irwin Pfister and the LLWW Foundation.