Dismantling the Nation

Contemporary Art in Chile

Subjects: Art, Caribbean & Latin American, Environmental & Land Art
Paperback : 9781943208579, 332 pages, 28 color photos, 8.5 x 8.5, January 2024
Open Access : 9781943208586, 332 pages, 28 color photos, 8.5 x 8.5, October 2023
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The first volume to theorize and historicize contemporary artistic practices from Chile in the English language, Dismantling the Nation begins from a position of radical criticism against the nation-state of Chile and its capitalist, heteronormative, and extractivist rule. At a truly pivotal moment in the country’s history, when it is redefining what it wants to be, the works here propose a way of forging a feminist and decolonial future for Chile. The authors attend to practices from distinct locations in Chile, reconceptualizing geographical borders from a transnational and transdisciplinary perspective while engaging with ecocriticism and Indigenous epistemologies. This is an essential volume for anyone looking to understand the current social, political, and artistic movements in Chile.

Florencia San Martín is assistant professor of art history at Lehigh University. She is the coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art History and is currently writing a monograph on Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar.
Carla Macchiavello Cornejo is associate professor of art history at The Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is coeditor of the book Turba Tol Hol Hol and has a forthcoming book on Chilean art during the dictatorship (Ediciones Metales Pesados).  
Paula Solimano is director of museography and exhibitions at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses on theories of affect and belonging, methodologies of humor and play, and sound and archives in contemporary Latin American art and culture.