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Response made by Juan Carlos Romero to the summons to side against the 1971 São Paulo Biennial. In order to illustrate his view, Romero cuts out news pieces from the local papers, referring to kidnappings and torture, then centering on the matter of a title linked to the lack of explanation for missing people in Brazil. In contrast to these violent news pieces, the artist brought to the discussion an article referring the contra-biennial as a cultural event.
Juan Carlos Romero (1931) is an Argentinean artist whose work, after experimenting in geometric art, turned to political-conceptual proposals.
The document responds to the open summons carried out by a group whose action nucleus operated around the Museo Latinoamericano [Latin American Museum] and the Movimiento de Independencia Cultural Latinoamericano or MICLA [Latin American Cultural Independence Movement]. This response was published in the book Contrabienal, designed and printed by a group made up of Luis Wells, Luis Camnitzer, Carla Stellweg, Liliana Porter, and Teodoro Maus, where the initiative of opposition to the Brazilian Biennial (so-called “the dictatorship Biennial”) was displayed. This source attests to one of the resistance strategies deployed by artists against the dictatorial policies that took in place that decade.