Image-Word. Place, Subjection and Look in the Central American Visual Arts

Author: Pablo Hernández Hernández

Publication year: 2012

Other details: 334 pages. 24,5 x 17 cm. Spanish coedition by TEOR/éTica, Iberoamericana, Vervuert, and Arlekín



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After the peace agreements in Central America, artists from Belice, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama began to work with a distinct signature, that of the written word as part of their visual artworks. This predominant element in a new generation of artists is essential to understanding the different dimensions of the relations between visual and verbal culture in a context of great political, symbolic, economic and cultural instability. Artistic experimentations with images and words prove the need to reassess the symbolic records relative to space, subjection, violence and the way of looking. In the end, these works claim for a social appropriation of word and image and, consequently, of memory, history, truth, justice and the formation of cultural sensibilities.

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