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Dr E.M. (Elize) Mazadiego

Marie SkłodowskaCurie fellow
Faculty of Humanities

Visiting address
  • Binnengasthuisstraat 9
Postal address
  • Postbus 1605
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Elize Mazadiego is an art historian in Modern and Contemporary art (PhD, University of California San Diego), with a specialism in Latin American art.


  • News

    Call for Research - Stedelijk  Studies Journal  #14: “Amsterdam: Reconsidering the Transnational”

    Submission deadline:  February 20, 2023

    For Issue 14 of the Stedelijk Studies Journal we aim to critically reframe discussions on global art and the “transnational” with the question: what might a decolonized understanding of transnational and transcultural Amsterdam, and the Netherlands more broadly, look like?

    In our call for research, we invite proposals that examine artists, collectives, exhibitions, and spaces (independent and institutional) that reconsider the transnational histories and present nows of art in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. We seek ideas that address the complex, alternative, artistic and curatorial experiments that concentrate on a diverse range of practitioners in the postwar and contemporary era, many of who hailed from countries in the Global South and outside of Europe. Complementing previous issues of Stedelijk Studies Journal on global art history and museum practice such as #01 “Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art,” #06 “The Borders of Europe,” and #09 “Modernism in Migration,” Issue 14 will ask how might artistic-research and emerging scholarship further complicate our very notion of the transnational as an art-historical paradigm and/or method—and, indeed, “Dutch” as a stable signifier of national identity for cultural practitioners?

    Stedelijk Studies invites proposals that examine artists, collectives, spaces (independent and institutional) and exhibitions that were formative to this history of art in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

    The Stedelijk Studies Journal is a high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Issue 14 will be co-edited by Dr. Elize Mazadiego and Dr. Daniel Quiles, with Dr. Charl Landvreugd serving as editor-in-chief.

    More details:

    ISLAA Exhibition Talks: Anna Bella Geiger in conversation with Elize Mazadiego

    Tuesday, February 7, 2023
    5:00 PM EST

    A live online conversation between artist Anna Bella Geiger and art historian Elize Mazadiego on the complex and varied role of mapping in Geiger’s work.

    This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Political/Subjective Maps: Anna Bella Geiger, Magali Lara, Lea Lublin, and Margarita Paksa at the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA). For more information and to register:

    CFP: Relational Subjects, Objects and Institutions - Artistic Convergences between Latin American and Europe in the Postwar

    8-9 June, 2023 | University of Amsterdam

    Abstracts due by Friday 6 January, 2023

    Organized in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Sāo Paulo (MAC USP), this event engages new and interdisciplinary research on the relationship between art and institutions in Europe and Latin America in the postwar period.

    Keynote lectures:

    • Diana Sorensen (James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures, and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University)
    • Ana Magalhāes (Director, Museu de Arte Contemporânea – Universidade de Sāo Paulo

    For the full details:

    2022 Best Book Award in Latin American Visual Culture Studies 

    Elize Mazadiego's book Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art is the recipient of the 2022 Best Book Award in Latin American Visual Culture from the Latin American Studies Association (presented by the Visual Culture Studies Section). You can read more about the LASA prize here:

    Upcoming in-person lecture at the University of California Los Angeles Latin American Institute: Thursday 21 April, 2022.

    Sponsored by the Center for Southern Cone Studies and the Spanish and Portuguese Department. 

    For more information:

    Recent Open Access publication, co-authored with Stefaan Vervoort "When the Sky Is Low and Heavy: David Lamelas and Transnational Heritage in Flanders", in Arts 2022 11 (1). 

    In 1992, artist David Lamelas (Argentina, 1946) installed Quand le ciel bas et lourd at the temporary exhibition America: Bride of the Sun—500 Years of Latin-America and the Low Countries at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), a show that explored the cultural, economic, and political exploitation of indigenous America by European forces, and its project of colonization and erasure. Lamelas’ work remained a public installation in KMSKA’s garden until March 2021 when it was dismantled as a result of the museum’s years-long renovation. This article examines the work in the context in which it was exhibited and later destroyed as a lens to examine two aspects of contemporary art and history in Flanders. Firstly, it foregrounds the complex, transnational heritage that Lamelas’ work presents and considers its implications upon the local, cultural scene in which it resided from the 1960s to 70s, in the 1990s and in the present. Secondly, the text frames Quand le ciel bas et lourd and America: Bride of the Sun as reverberating with the emergence of nationalism in Flanders and a global, postcolonial discourse in the art world. This article considers how aspects of Lamelas’ work and its elusive meanings over space and time might challenge monolithic understandings of Flemish art.

    Book Presentation (Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art) at Peltz Gallery, Birckbeck University of London

    Online, 9 December 2021, 18:00 — 19:15

    For more details and registration info:

    When art was in question: A conversation with Michel Claura

    Jan Mot in collaboration with WIELS hosts a conversation with Michel Claura and Elize Mazadiego. This event coincides with the current exhibitions: Ian Wilson, David Lamelas: Traces of Speech and Time in Michel Claura’s Miscellanies at Jan Mot (05/06/2021 - 12/09/2021) and Marcel Broodthaers: Industrial Poems, Open Letters at WIELS (10/09/2021 – 09/01/2022)

    10 September 2021, 18:30-20:00, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

    Online Workshop "Transnationalism and its new spatial frames: artists, objects and forms of deterritorialization", co-organized with Daniel R. Quiles (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

    Tuesday 22 June, 2021 and Wednesday 23 June, 2021, 16:00-18:00 CET-Amsterdam/9:00-11:00 CT-Chicago.

    Full programme and registration details here


    Politics and Performance Speaker Series, co-organized with Sruti Bala (Theatre).

    An 8-part online series from February to November 2021 that invites international scholars to present their current work on histories and contemporary modes of artistic activism. Full programme and registration details here


    Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art: Experimental Forms in Argentina, 1955-1968 is now available with Brill. 

    The monograph 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. A critical examination of art’s materiality and its social role within Argentina, this important study paves the way for broader investigations of postwar Latin American art.




  • Publications



    • Mazadiego, E. (2021). Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art: Experimental forms in Argentina, 1955-1968. (Foro Hispánico; Vol. 62). Brill Rodopi. [details]
    • Mazadiego, E. (2021). Urban Folklore: Marta Minujín’s Postwar Assemblage and the Modern City. In F. Frigeri, & K. Handberg (Eds.), New Histories of Art in the Global Postwar Era: Multiple Modernisms (pp. 70-81). (Studies in Art Historiography ). Routledge. [details]


    • Mazadiego, E. M. (2017). La Lleca Colectiva: Project Description. In B. Kelley, & G. Kester (Eds.), Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art, 1995–2010 Duke University Press.


    • Mazadiego, E. M. (2014). Happenings to Anti-Happenings: The Avant-garde and Obsolescence in 1960s Argentina. In C. Maroja, & C. Menezes (Eds.), The Permanence of the Transient: Precariousness in Art (pp. 96-105). Cambridge Scholars Publishers.


    • Mazadiego, E. M. (2011). A Witness to Revolution: The Photographic Archive of Oscar Castillo. In C. Gunckel (Ed.), Oscar Castillo Papers and Photograph Collection (pp. 23-39). (The Chicano Archives Series). UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press.


    Prize / grant

    • Mazadiego, E. (2019). Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.


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