CONNECTING THROUGH COLLECTING: 20 YEARS OF ART FROM LATIN AMERICA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

6 September 2014 - 6 December 2014

For 20 years ESCALA has played a vital role in connecting people with artwork from across Latin America while also challenging ideas about contemporary art. A new exhibition in Southend opening on Saturday 6 September at the Beecroft Art Gallery will celebrate ESCALA's internationally important contribution by showing how members of the University of Essex community connect with the artworks from its Collection.

Connecting through Collecting: 20 years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex is part of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations and will bring together artwork selected by students, researchers, and academics at the University plus other material from the Collection's Archive. Those taking part in the project were encouraged to choose pieces from the Collection which made a connection to their own research interests and were asked to reflect on and write about these choices following private viewings arranged by the ESCALA team.

Exhibition curator and ESCALA Curatorial Assistant Dr Andrés David Montenegro Rosero said: “This exhibition is one of the most diverse displays staged by ESCALA and builds on the collaborative impulse at the heart of our work and the study of Latin America at the University of Essex. The students, researchers, and academics who have taken part were asked to select artworks which reflected some element of their own research interests. This provided wide-ranging perspectives from many fields of study including Art History, Human Rights, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Government.”

Artists, students, researchers, and academics:

Marcelo Brodsky // Professor Todd Landman, Faculty of Social Sciences
Carlos Cruz-Diez // Dr Sarah Demelo, Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
Maria Elvira Escallón // Professor Jules Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
León Ferrari // Dr Sanja Bahun, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Demián Flores // Dr Joanne Harwood, Essex Collection of Art from Latin America
Regina José Galindo // Jessica Hughes, School of Philosophy and Art History
Jaime Gili // Dr Marian de Vooght, Department of Government
david pérez karmadavis // Marina Barsy, School of Philosophy and Art History
Jorge Macchi // Dr Taisuke Edamura, School of Philosophy and Art History
Jorge Macchi // Dr Jörg Schaub, School of Philosophy and Art History
Anna Maria Maiolino // Ian Dudley, School of Philosophy and Art History
Nadín Ospina // Gisselle Giron, School of Philosophy and Art History
Ofelia Rodríguez // Stefanie Kogler, School of Philosophy and Art History
Susana Rodríguez // Professor Roderick Main, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Tiíta // Dr Matthias Röhrig Assunção, Department of History
Fernando Traverso // Dr Clara Sandoval, School of Law
Aubrey Williams // Dr Jak Peake, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Connecting through Collecting: 20 years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex will be accompanied by a catalogue publication including the aforementioned contributions, as well as three unpublished texts exploring the story of the Collection itself and the pivotal role it has played for the study of art and visual culture from Latin America in the European context. Through this collaborative process, the exhibition and publication establish connections between ESCALA and other disciplines, as well as introducing the Collection, and the cultural diversity of Latin America, to the East of England.

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  1. Left by Jordi Ballart on September 4, 2014 02:43 PM

    Dear all, I'm writing from the Documentation Center of artist Carlos Cruz-Diez in Paris. I am registering in our archives the exhibition "Connecting through Collecting: 20 Years of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex" and i would like to ask you a couple of questions: do you have the complete list of artists? Also, may you specify the venue where this exhibition is held? is it in Beecroft Art Gallery? Thanks in advance, Best wishes, Jordi Ballart

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