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'They are always there': Mendieta, Vicuña and the coming again of ghosts


Juliff, T, 'They are always there': Mendieta, Vicuña and the coming again of ghosts, Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, 3, (4) pp. 35-48. ISSN 2576-0947 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1525/lavc.2021.3.4.35


To speak of "Latin America" is to seek a frame of negotiation between those for whom it remains a pragmatic grouping, those who regard it as a psychic and geographic zone of experience, and those for whom it serves little other purpose than as a postcolonial mirage. And itís true, the term is used, critically and otherwise, by a wide range of peoples under its considerable set of semantic groupings of culture, place, and identity. It remains for many, however, a highly contested term that highlights the conflation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. To use it, one must be careful to confront the ghosts that it conjures. It is used here to mark out a framework of precisely thatóconjuring ghostsórather than to circumvent its problematic status.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Latin America, Latinx, decolonisation, feminism
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Juliff, T (Dr Toby Juliff)
ID Code:147044
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Art
Deposited On:2021-10-12
Last Modified:2021-11-11

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