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Images of Power : Iconography, Culture and the State in Latin America - Jens Andermann

Images of Power

Iconography, Culture and the State in Latin America

By: Jens Andermann (Editor), William Rowe (Editor)

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In Latin America, where even today writing has remained a restricted form of expression, the task of generating consent and imposing the emergent nation-state as the exclusive form of the political, was largely conferred to the image. Furthermore, at the moment of its historical demise, the new, 'postmodern' forms of sovereignty appear to rely even more heavily on visual discourses of power. However, a critique of the iconography of the modern state-form has been missing. This volume is the first concerted attempt by cultural, historical and visual scholars to address the political dimension of visual culture in Latin America, in a comparative perspective spanning various regions and historical stages. The case studies are divided into four sections, analysing the formation of a public sphere, the visual politics of avant-garde art, the impact of mass society on political iconography, and the consolidation and crisis of territory as a key icon of the state.

"Such a brief overview cannot do the essays in this collection justice. Amply illustrated and nicely organised, the collected essays represent some of the most innovative work being done in the field of visual culture in Latin America. Of particular value is the range of theoretical interests and perspectives brought to bear on visual culture by the contributors. This is theoretical and disciplinary eclecticism at its best. Each essay is refreshing and original and there is little redundancy despite the length of the book...For scholars working on visual culture, the state and cultural history, this is an essential volume." -Journal of Latin American Studies

Introduction : the power of imagesp. 1
From royal subject to citizen : the territory of the body in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Mexican visual practicesp. 17
The Mexican codices and the visual language of revolutionp. 36
Subversive needlework : gender, class and history at Venezuela's national exhibition, 1883p. 51
Material memories : tradition and amnesia in two Argentine museumsp. 78
Exoticism, alterity and the Ecuadorean elite : the work of Camilo Egasp. 99
Primitivist iconographies : tango and samba, images of the nationp. 127
'Argentina in the world' : internationalist nationalism in the art of the 1960sp. 145
'Cold as the stone of which it must be made' : Caboclos, monuments and the memory of independence in Bahia, Brazil, 1870-1900p. 165
Photography, memory, disavowal : the Casasola archivep. 195
Mass and multitude : bastardised iconographies of the modern orderp. 217
Marconi and other artifices : long-range technology and the conquest of the desertp. 241
Desert dreams : nomadic tourists and cultural discontentp. 255
Why the virgin of Zapopan went to Los Angeles : reflections on mobility and globalityp. 271
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ISBN: 9781571815330
ISBN-10: 1571815333
Series: Remapping Cultural History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43