Memory and Democracy in Latin American Poetry

Curated by Sergio Delgado, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Memory and Democracy in Latin American Poetry was an installation of poems that form and inform the collective memory of aspirations, repression, violence, and resistance in the recent history of Latin American democracies.  Organized around three distinct but deeply interrelated periods in the history of the region since the1960s: a period of utopian dreams and ideals; a period of dictatorship and ruthless, state-sponsored violence; and a period of complex, often problematic returns to democratic forms of government. The exhibition featured works by: Carmen Berenguer (Chile), Alejandra del Río (Chile), Luisa Fernanda Lindo (Peru), Nuno Ramos (Brazil), Octavio Paz (Mexico), Roque Dalton (El Salvador), Augusto de Campos (Brazil), Néstor Perlongher (Argentina), and Gonzalo Millán (Chile). This exhibition was part of the Democracy and Memory in Latin America collaborative.

Sergio Delgado teaches courses on modern poetry, border culture, the avant-gardes, and the relationship between the verbal and visual arts in Latin America. His current research focuses on creative appropriations of consumer culture in Mexico and Brazil, and on violence and the discourse of sensationalism in the Latin American region.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Brillembourg and Brodsky Endowment Funds.


CRIMSON ARTICLE   on Memory and Democracy Exhibition by Ola Topczewska