Fotografiando en América Latina. Ensayos de crítica histórica -en

José Antonio Navarrete


February 1 and 7 , 2018.


7 pm.

CCEMiami would like to invite you to the book presentation Fotografiando en América Latina. Ensayos de crítica histórica (Revised and Augmented Second Edition). Published by Centro de Fotografía, Montevideo, in 2017, as the first title of the collection Reflexions on Latin American Photography: Key Texts.

Jose Antonio will be presented by Marivi Véliz and independent writer and curator. Currently she is studying for a Ph.D in Latin American Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami.

Fotografiando en América Latina. Ensayos de crítica histórica, a book published in Venezuela in 2009, was edited again in 2017 by the editorial of the Centro de Fotografía, Montevideo, Uruguay. In the present edition, 13 texts on Latin American photography of 19th-century and early twentieth has been complemented with 62 illustrations from works that belong to private and institutional collections of Europe, the United States and Latin America. In the texts, the author displays the results of continued research on the ways photography participates, at the studied stage, in the elaboration and dissemination of discourses about the problems of nation, race, ethnicity and class in the emerging countries of the area, some of them dismissed in historical studies. He is also interested in tracing the genealogy of particular traditions of visual representation inside the region.

The present book is neither a photo-story ―or a history analyzed from the perspective of photography― nor a history of photography as a recount of the movements and dynamics experienced by this medium of visual production over time, even though it is connected to both. In the texts of Fotografiando en América Latina. Ensayos de crítica histórica, a plural methodology leads the reader through the understanding of photography as a device that provides a specific form of information: the visual, on social, political and cultural processes that unfold in public space. The products of this device communicate, relate, cross and accompany with the most varied discursive forms, from oratory and painting to photography as artistic production, and participate in the struggles deployed around these discourses by social actors in conflict.

About Jose Antonio Navarrete
José Antonio Navarrete is an independent researcher and curator of visual culture and arts based in Miami, Florida. He has contributed texts to numerous magazines, catalog, academic publications and newspapers in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Among his several books he has published Ensayos desleales sobre fotografía, Ediciones EnFoco, Merida, Venezuela, 1995, and Fotografiando en América Latina: Ensayos de crítica histórica, Fundación para la Cultura Urbana, Caracas, 2009. Among his most important recent publications are “Respondiendo una encuesta imaginada” in Redes intelectuales: Arte y política en América Latina, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, 2015;…Of the Americas, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2016, and the reedition of his book Fotografiando en América Latina: Ensayos de crítica histórica by Centro de Fotografía, Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2017. Recently, he participates in the international symposium Encounters, Utopia, and Experimentation: From Pre-Columbian Tenochtitlan to Contemporary Buenos Aires, organized by the Getty Center, Los Angeles, from November 3 to 5, 2017.

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