By A. Schneider
This ebook makes a big contribution to the present debate on globalization, and extra accurately to the query of ways the "traffic in tradition" is practiced, rationalized and skilled by means of visible artists. The publication makes a speciality of inventive practices within the appropriation of indigenous cultures, and the development of recent Latin American identities. Appropriation is the elemental theoretical thought built to appreciate those methods.
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And even within a group of young artists—for graffiti writers, to bite something and make it your own is a sign of greatness. Tap dancers build whole repertoires of stolen steps. There’s the idea within folk culture of how imagery gets communicated, appropriated, and turned into new imagery. (in an interview by Critical Art Ensemble 1998: 29) It is clear from this quote and worth mentioning again that artistic practices of appropriation go beyond strategies that are inherent to the artworks themselves—in fact, they are intrinsically linked to contested spaces of identity construction.
More recently in 1999–2000, the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was commissioned to build a swinging footbridge across one of the docks, resembling the inverted keel of a ship (see figure 2). Again, this new construction was pointed out to me as landmark of the new future-oriented, “modern” Buenos Aires, and I was criticized sometimes for my lack of enthusiasm and for my apparent nostalgia for old buildings, immigrant cafés, and museums. 14 APPROPRIATION AS PRACTICE Figure 2 Santiago Calatrava (architect and engineer), Puente de la Mujer, Buenos Aires, 1999–2000.
This more complicated and confused situation, however, seems to open new chances for artists and galleries contesting the traditional frameworks, both in terms of power and ideology. This book demonstrates, after a more theoretical discussion on appropriation in the following chapter, how artists develop specific strategies of appropriation in order to reposition themselves in terms of identity vis-à-vis the dominant ideologies of melting pot and immigrant nations, which were reviewed in previous sections.
Appropriation as Practice: Art and Identity in Argentina (Studies of the Americas) by A. Schneider