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Nostalgia de la luz, film still

Lent Term 2016 Seminars: Latin American Film and Visual Arts

Seminar 6: Cinema and Political Protest in Latin America of the 1960s (MC)


Primary texts

  • Vidas secas (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, Brazil, 1962)
  • La hora de los hornos (Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, Argentina, 1968)
  • Memorias del subdesarrollo (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968)

Key issues

  • 'Third Cinema': ideological positions; aesthetic strategies; modes of film-making and distribution
  • Dominant cinema,  counter cinema and a cinematic vanguard 
  • Neocolonialism, economic underdevelopment and revolution in Latin America
  • The Cinema Novo movement
  • The influence of Soviet montage, Italian neorealism, Brecht
  • Reflexivity and the role of the spectator
  • Developmentalism
  • The role of the filmmaker

Bibliography

Seminar 7: Women Photographers in Mexico and the Ethnic Subject (ES)

Primary photographers

  • Tina Modotti
  • Mariana Yampolsky
  • Graciela Iturbide
  • Flor Garduño
  • (Please see the bibliography for catalogues containing their work)

Key issues

  • The ethics of the gaze
  • Photography as a cultural practice
  • Anthropological aesthetics
  • The allegorical impulse
  • Reflexivity and framing
  • Displaced identities
  • Exhibiting and disseminating the image
  • Why 'black & white'?
  • Melancholy and the photographer

Bibliography

Seminar 8: Aesthetics and Politics in (post-)Revolutionary Cuban cinema (GK)

Primary texts

  • Fresa y chocolate (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1994)
  • El elefante y la bicicleta (Juan Carlos Tabío, 1994)
  • Suite Habana (Fernando Pérez, 2003)

Key issues

  • the relationship between ideology and aesthetics
  • politics and popular culture in Cuba
  • the representation of sexuality
  • homosexuality and dissidence in Cuba
  • Cuban cinema's "biopolitics of affect"
  • 'post-modernity' in a Marxist-Leninist state?

Bibliography

Seminar 9: Afuerando: body, site and dissensuality in contemporary multimedia and performance art in Latin America (ES)

Primary artists

  • Ana Mendieta (Cuba)
  • Gabriel Orozco (Mexico)
  • Liliana Porter (Argentina)

Other relevant artists
Doris Salcedo (Colombia); in Mexico: Yolanda Gutiérrez, Victor Grippo, Helen Escobedo, Silvia Gruner, Gerardo Suter, Monica Castillo, Betsabee Romero.

Key issues

  • deconstructing visual codes and paradigms
  • conceptual manifestation v representation
  • performative identities
  • problematising spectatorship
  • the poetics of trace
  • body, protest and space
  • reflexivity, its forms and installations
  • memory, found objects and visual narratives
  • the presence/absence of context
  • post-nationalist visuality

Bibliography

Seminar 10: Memory and Materiality in Chile (BE)

Primary texts

Required viewing:

  • Chile, la memoria obstinada (Patricio Guzmán, 1997)
  • Nostalgia de la luz (2010)
  • Flores en el desierto (Paula Allen) [photographic exhibition]

Required reading:

Further recommended viewing:

  • La batalla de Chile (Patricio Guzmán, 1975, 1977, 1979)

Key Issues

  • Historical memory
  • Dictatorship, post-dictatorship, neoliberalism
  • Affect and emotion
  • Documentation and truth
  • Place, positionality, subjectivity

Bibliography

Seminar 11: Memory and Representation in Post-dictatorship Argentine Cinema (JP)

Primary texts

  • Un muro de silencio (Lita Stantic, 1993)
  • Los rubios (Albertina Carri, 2003) 
  • Infancia clandestina (Benjamin Ávila, 2011)

Key issues

  • Representing political violence
  • Complicity, voyeurism and the role of the spectator
  • Reflexivity and genre
  • The politics and ethics of 'truth-telling' in the post-dictatorship era
  • Second-generation memory and post-memory
  • Militancy and the family

Bibliography