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  • ICAA Record ID
    774110
    TITLE
    [La América Latina es un continente de penetración política, económica y militar...], 1981 Ago., Carboneras, [España] / Julio Le Parc
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 1-7.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Typed sheet – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Le Parc, Julio. “[La América Latina es un continente de penetración política, económica y militar...],” 1981. Julio Le Parc Archive, París.
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Synopsis

This text, written by Julio Le Parc, states that cultural penetration is used in Latin America as a weapon of domination by the United States imperialism, which also seeks to control the means to value artwork at the international level. He also points out that he does not favor any isolationism that would limit itself to the national scene, looking to the past for a hypothetical identity. On the contrary, he favors a plurality of trends thriving in open and continuous confrontation. Among his final proposals, Le Parc calls for the creation of a Latin American front composed of intellectuals and artists.

Annotations

Julio Le Parc (1928) was born in the Province of Mendoza, in Argentina, and graduated in Buenos Aires. In 1955, he participated in the student movement that took over the country’s fine arts schools, and in 1958, he traveled to Paris on a scholarship. While there, between 1960 and 1968, he became part of the GRAV, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel [Experimental Visual Arts Research Group], which, in turn, participated in the Nouvelle Tendence [New Tendency] international movement. He later continued his visual research and production within the kinetic art movement. On many occasions, his positions on various issues from the point of view of a Latin American artist were accounted for.

This is a text written by Le Parc for the Encuentro de Intelectuales por la Soberanía de los pueblos de nuestra América [Encounter of Intellectuals for the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Our America], which was organized by the Casa de las Américas in Havana (September 1981). This document has been selected as evidence of the analysis and point of view of the artist regarding the cultural penetration and evaluation of Latin American art.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of the Private Archives of Julio Le Parc, Cachan, France
Location
Archivo Julio Le Parc, París, Francia.