April 28, 2016


Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Javier Téllez, One Flew Over the Void (Bala Perdida) (still), 2005. Single channel video projection, color, sound, 11:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.

The exhibition Basta! focuses on current artistic practices coming out of Latin America—especially those dealing with the interplay of art and life addressing harsh aspects of reality. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication and a symposium on “Art and Violence in Latin America Today,” with discussions on the topic by scholars and artists in the field. They address topics such as crime, vandalism, transgression, gender-based violence, illegal immigration, drug cartels, and state power.

Works by artists:
Iván Argote (Colombia), Marcelo Cidade (Brazil), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Aníbal Lopez (Guatemala), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), José Carlos Martinat (Peru), Yucef Merhi (Venezuela), Alice Miceli (Brazil), Mondongo (Juliana Laffitte and Manuel Mendanha—Argentina), Moris (Mexico), Armando Ruiz (Colombia), Giancarlo Scaglia (Peru), Javier Téllez (Venezuela), and Juan Toro (Venezuela)

BASTA! is co-curated by Claudia Calirman and Isabela Villanueva

Symposium: “Art And Violence In Latin America Today”
For many Latin American artists today the challenging dilemma is how can they present violence in the visual arts without adding more terror to it. In order to expose existing mechanisms of injustice, and inequality, the Latin American artists featured in Basta! bring their own experiences and responses to diverse forms of crime, brutality, and exploitation. They blur the lines between legality and illegality, crime and justice. They follow the traces and vestiges left by brutal acts, so the reminiscences of the events don’t disappear. In most cases they are torn between the desire to depict traumatic events, and the recognition that it is not possible to render them in fullness by its mere visual representation.

3pm: Introduction
Claudia Calirman (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

3:15pm: Keynote speaker
Gustavo Buntinx (Peruvian Art historian, theorist, curator, and museum activist)

4pm: Panel 1
Artists Mondongo (Juliana Laffitte & Manuel Mendanha) and Javier Téllez
Moderator Isabela Villanueva

4:45pm: Break

5pm: Panel 2
Estrellita B. Brodsky, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Gabriela Rangel
Moderator Claudia Calirman


About John Jay College of Criminal Justice
An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice presents Basta!

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