Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art (Modern Americas) (Paperback)

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An assembly of a new corpus of art-science projects by Latin American artists.

Projects that bring the sciences into art are increasingly being exhibited in galleries and museums across the world. In a surge of publications on the subject, few have focused on regions beyond the Global North. This book assembles a new corpus of art-science projects by Latin American artists, ranging from big-budget collaborations with NASA and MIT to homegrown experiments in artists’ kitchens. Page shows how these artworks also “decolonize” science by resisting the exploitation of the natural world that has attended the creation of knowledge in western contexts. Instead, the artists featured in this volume emphasize the subjectivity and intelligence of other species, staging new forms of collaboration and co-creativity beyond the human. Establishing critical dialogues between Western science and indigenous thought, this book interrogates how artistic practices may communicate, extend, supplement, and challenge scientific ideas.

About the Author

Joanna Page is a reader in Latin American literature and visual culture at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America and Geopolitics, Culture, and the Scientific Imaginary in Latin America.

Praise For…

“Joanna Page presents a deeply researched account of contemporary art-science projects in Latin America. She situates them at the crux of current discussions on the decolonization of both the sciences and the arts: by questioning Eurocentric views on humanism and modernity, exploring expanded ideas of perception and cognition, and placing Western scientific knowledge within constellations of beliefs and practices that have been marginalized by colonial histories.”
— Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra, Birkbeck College

Product Details
ISBN: 9781787359772
ISBN-10: 1787359778
Publisher: UCL Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2021
Pages: 286
Series: Modern Americas