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March 25, 2021

ISLAA Exhibition Talks with Luis Camnitzer, Clemente Padín, César Espinosa, and Araceli Zúñiga

Institute for Studies on Latin American Art

Colectivo 3, Poema Colectivo Revolución (detail), 1981–83.

Installation view of Poema Colectivo Revolución, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), 2021. Photo: Julio Grinblatt.

Installation view of Poema Colectivo Revolución, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), 2021. Photo: Julio Grinblatt.

Installation view of Poema Colectivo Revolución, Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), 2021. Photo: Julio Grinblatt.

César Espinosa and Araceli Zúñiga in conversation with Mauricio Marcin: March 30, 12pm EDT
This program will be conducted in Spanish
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Clemente Padín in conversation with Fernanda Nogueira: April 7, 12pm EDT
This program will be conducted in Spanish
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Luis Camnitzer in conversation with Alexander Alberro: April 14, 12pm EDT
This program will be conducted in English
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How can artists breach geographic divides and express solidarity during moments of upheaval?

Inspired by the events of the Sandinista uprising in Nicaragua, the Mexico City–based artist group Colectivo 3 sought out international submissions to a collaborative mail art “poem” about revolution from 1981 to 1983. They received hundreds of responses—ranging in tone from politically pointed to lyrically reflective—comprising an anthem to insurrection and reform that exceeds the sum of its parts. Titled Poema Colectivo Revolución, the project charted a network of social ideals across national boundaries, noteworthy for both its diversity of opinions and its variety of aesthetic approaches.

In conjunction with its current exhibition of Poema Colectivo Revolución, curated by Luis Camnitzer, the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is delighted to present a series of three live online conversations that will illuminate the histories of mail art, international artists’ networks, visual poetry, and conceptualism in Latin America.

On Tuesday, March 30, the Mexican artists César Espinosa and Araceli Zúñiga—two of the members of Colectivo 3—will discuss the creation of Poema Colectivo Revolución, their role in the Grupos movement, and the International Biennales of Visual and Experimental Poetry, which they co-organized from 1985 to 2009. This talk will be moderated by the scholar and curator Mauricio Marcin.

On Wednesday, April 7, the Uruguayan poet and artist Clemente Padín will speak with the scholar and curator Fernanda Nogueira about Padín’s visual and literary work, his involvement in Latin American concrete poetry, and his profound contributions to mail art.

On Wednesday, April 14, the Uruguayan artist and writer Luis Camnitzer will join the art historian Alexander Alberro for a wide-ranging conversation about international conceptualism, artists’ networks, and histories of art of the Global South.

These programs will be held on Zoom, and recordings will be made available online after they take place. For more information about the events and the speakers, please visit our website.


Learn more about Poema Colectivo Revolución at ISLAA: Schedule a visit / Explore the online viewing portal / Watch a short film about the exhibition / Read the exhibition publication

About ISLAA
The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is dedicated to increasing the visibility of Latin American art on an international scale. Founded in 2011, ISLAA advances scholarship and public engagement with art from across the region through its program of exhibitions, publications, events, and university partnerships. ISLAA sponsors lectures and symposia organized by scholars, contemporary artists, and graduate students. Its publication program includes support for academic volumes, exhibition catalogues, and artists’ books, as well as a journal, Vistas, published in-house. ISLAA hosts an exhibition series on modern and contemporary Latin American art at its space in New York City.

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