Transatlantic Constellations. Visual Arts and Solidarity Networks between Chile and Italy

Roberta Garieri, M.A.

"Transatlantic Constellations. Visual Arts and Solidarity Networks between Chile and Italy" aims to deepen the study of the artistic and political solidarity networks that emerged between Chile and Italy during the 1970s. Like other Western European countries, Italy played a central role in supporting the brief experience of the 'Chilean way to socialism' promoted by Salvador Allende Gossens (1970–1973), as well as in denouncing the military coup d'état of 1973. The choice to reconsider these dialogues will thus allow us to ask a central question: can we talk about the emergence of an ethics of solidarity in artistic practices against the neo-imperialism of the Cold War?
By adopting a transdisciplinary approach, my research aims to enrich our knowledge of the art scene of these years, observing it not as an isolated production, but as a connected constellation in constant dialogue with other latitudes, actors and ideas. In this way, the perspective of study adopted will allow me to reflect on a historiography that re-frames the plurality of references within transatlantic artistic relations of the 20th century, decentralising established paradigms towards transversal notions, in which transnationality and solidarity in the arts open up new hori-zons for our discipline.

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