A Study from the Margins: Female Practices in Brazil and Chile will focus on women artists from Brazil and Chile from the 1970s and 1980s who appropriated the term “marginality” as a means of opting out of mainstream ideology and politics. Through case studies of Lygia Pape, Diamela Eltit, Anna Maria Maiolino, Anna Bella Geiger, and Lotty Rosenfeld, this book will examine how these artists dissociated themselves from the dictatorial regimes of their respective countries while searching for an emancipatory experimental practice. In addition, it will discuss points of convergence and divergence between the artistic neo-avant-garde in Brazil and Chile.

Claudia Calirman is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, in the Department of Art and Music. Her areas of study are Latin American, modern, and contemporary art. She is the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Arvey Book Award by the Association for Latin American Art. She has published many articles including “Ruins with no Past, Rubble without History,” in Maria Bartuszova: Provisional Forms (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2015); “Pop and Politics in Brazilian Art,” in International Pop (Walker Art Center, 2015), “Lygia Pape and Anna Maria Maiolino ‘Epidermic’ and Visceral Works” (Woman’s Art Journal, 2014), among others. Claudia has curated several exhibitions in New York, including Basta! Art and Violence in Latin America (Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College, 2016) and Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! (Americas Society, 2011). She is the Director of the Art and Justice Fellowship Program at John Jay College and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).