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Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art

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Elize Mazadiego will present her recent book Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art, which reconceptualizes mid-twentieth-century avant-garde practices in Argentina with a focus on the changing material status of the art object in relation to the country’s intense period of modernization in the 1950s and 1960s. Followed by a Q&A with Mara Polgovsky.

Part of Peltz Gallery's online programme 2021, co-hosted by CILAVS.
Elize Mazadiego is an art historian specialized in Modern and Contemporary art (PhD, University of California San Diego) and currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at the University of Amsterdam. Her fields of interest include postwar art practices, global conceptualisms, feminism, the intersection between art and politics, and Latin American art in a transnational context. She is author of the monograph Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art: Experimental forms in Argentina (Brill, 2021) and editor of the forthcoming volume titled Charting Space: the Cartographies of Conceptual Art (Manchester University Press, 2022). 
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on contemporary Latin American Art, with an emphasis on the politics of aesthetics, the body, experimental art and technoscience and dimensions of agency and ‘liveness’ in ecological and feminist artistic practice. She’s the recipient of the 2019 Art Journal award and currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow. Some of her key publications include Touched Bodies: The Performative Turn in Latin American Art (2019, shortlisted for the 2020 Book Prize of the Association for the Study of the Art of the Present) and the edited volumes Eugenio Polgovsky: Poetics of the Real/La poética de lo real (2020) and Re-Public: The New Public Art in Mexico (forthcoming).  

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