Guiñadas Gráciles: Looking Out for the Queer in Latin American Video Art

Curated by Joaquin S. Terrones, PhD '09, former Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard College Writing Program; Lecturer in Literature and Women's and Gender Studies, MIT

Guiñadas Gráciles responds to interest in the study of non-normative sexualities in the region, the experiences of its LGBTQ inhabitants, and its social movements focused on gender and sexuality. How does one put the spotlight on bodies that some consider should remain hidden, closeted away? Conversely, how can a screen or camera do justice to bodies whose extravagances already target them for surveillance and sidelong glances? The show illustrated different ways of negotiating these competing demands. As one of the first exhibitions on queer Latin American video art—if not the first—showcasing this exhibition on campus represented a unique opportunity for engagement with and by undergraduate and graduate students as part of their coursework and research.

Guiñadas Gráciles engaged students from a variety of disciplines, research interests and political movements: whether they are Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality students doing comparative work on the LGTBQ activism and subject formation; Romance Languages and Literatures or History and Literature students with an interest in Latin American cultural history; Visual and Environmental Studies or History of Art and Architecture students studying video art; or Government or History students whose work focused on contemporary social movements.

The exhibition featured works by Karen Harley (Brazil), Roberto Jacoby and Syd Krochmalny (Argentina), Carlos Leppe (Chile), Hélio Oiticica (Brazil), Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala). Loans courtesy of the artists, Proyectos Ultravioleta (Ramirez-Figueroa), Projeto Hélio Oiticica, and Sucesión Carlos Leppe/Centro de Documentación de la Artes Visuales del Centro Cultural la Moneda/D21 Proyectos de Arte (Leppe).

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