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Dr. E.M. (Elize) Mazadiego

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

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    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Profile

    I am an art historian in Modern and Contemporary art (PhD, University of California San Diego) and currently a Marie SkłodowskaCurie fellow within the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. I also co-coordinate the research group: Global Trajectories of Thought and Memory: Art and the Global South in AHM.  

    My fields of interest include postwar art practices, global conceptualisms, feminism, the intersection between politics and art and Latin American art in a transnational context. My recent book Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art 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. I am 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 (Summer, 2022).

    My current post-doctoral project, awarded a 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. 


  • News

    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).

    A 5-part online series from February to June 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.


  • Publicaties


    • Mazadiego, E. (2021). Dematerialization and the Social Materiality of Art: Experimental forms in Argentina, 1955-1968. (Foro Hispánico; Vol. 62). Brill Rodopi. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004457881 [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. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367140854-7 [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.


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


    • Bala, S. (organiser) & Mazadiego, E. (organiser) (2-2021 - 6-2021). Politics and Performance Speakers Series. Organized by Sruti Bala (Theatre) and Elize Mazadiego (Art History)A 5-part online speaker series that runs complementary to our jointly taught MA (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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