Elize Mazadiego is an art historian in Modern and Contemporary art (PhD, University of California San Diego), with a specialism in Latin American art. She is currently a Marie SkłodowskaCurie fellow within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. She also co-coordinates the research group: Global Trajectories of Thought and Memory: Art and the Global South and chairs the International Committee within the College Art Association.
Her fields of interest include postwar art practices, global conceptualisms, feminism, the intersection between politics and art and Latin American art in a transnational context. She is author of Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art, recipient of the 2022 Best Book Award in Latin American Visual Cutlure from the Latin American Studies Association (Visual Culture Studies Section). The book reconceptualizes mid-twentieth-century avant-garde practices in Argentina with a focus on Oscar Masotta’s notion of dematerialization as a concept for interpreting experimental art practices that negated the object’s primacy, while identifying their promise within the sociopolitical transformations of the 1950s and 1960s. Mazadiego is currently finishing an edited volume titled Charting Space: the cartographies of conceptual art (Manchester University Press, 2022) and guest editing a "Dialogues" on feminist futures in the journal Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture, with Eve Kalyva (2022).
Her current post-doctoral project, awarded a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie IF grant, aims to problematise conceptual art’s ‘internationalism’ and the persistent binary between Euro-American conceptual art and global conceptualism with a re-examination of the interregional flows and networks of production between the two. The project will comprehensively study transnational artists who fled from Latin American repressive political regimes to Western Europe between 1968-1979, yet conceivably moving in and out of Conceptualism’s centres. The aim of this research is to develop our understanding of Latin American conceptualist art practices as they developed and adapted in a diasporic context, with the objective to demonstrate the fundamental importance of these artists to the development of Conceptual art in Europe and its international context beyond the U.S.
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: https://lasaweb.org/en/2022-section-awards/
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: https://www.international.ucla.edu/lai/calendar/15580
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: https://www.bbk.ac.uk/events/remote_event_view?id=24813
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.