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  • ICAA Record ID
    766181
    TITLE
    J. C. Romero
    IN
    Contrabienal. -- [Nueva York, Estados Unidos] : [s. n.], [1971]
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Romero, Juan Carlos. "J. C. Romero." In Contrabienal. [Nueva York]: by Luis Wells, Luis Camnitzer, Carla Stellweg, Liliana Porter and Teodoro Maus, [1971].
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Synopsis

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.

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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.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of the personal archives of Juan Carlos Romero, Buenos Aires Argentina
Location
Archivo Juan Carlos Romero.