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To coincide with the Mundo Latinx (Latinx World) exhibition at the Fashion Space Gallery, this panel discussion centred around the portrayal of Latin Americans within a range of media including contemporary art, photography and fashion.
The event discussed topics around authenticity, cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and mis-representation or lack of representation of Latin Americans and its diversity within fashion and contemporary art.
The aim of the talk was to reveal some critical thinking and viewpoints around these areas within portraiture practice and theory, with Professor Oriana Baddeley, Dean of Research at University of the Arts London (UAL), chairing the discussion with an expert panel consisting of artists represented in the Mundo Latinx exhibition: Sabrina Collares, Adam Wiseman.
Chair and Panelists
Professor Oriana Baddeley is Dean of Research at University of the Arts London (UAL), and a member of the UAL research centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation. She studied History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex where she completed her PhD on Ancient Mexican art and its re-discovery in the 19th Century. With a focus on Mexico and Latin America, she has written on the histories of exhibiting the art of these regions and explored how traditions of display and categorization have been responded to within the global structures of contemporary art expositions. Recurring themes within her work address issues of cultural stereotype and ideas of authenticity, particularly the associations of death, gender and danger with cultural otherness. Running throughout much of her writing has been a fascination with the ways in which different geographic contexts impact on definitions of creative practice and how such definitions are then interpreted.
Adam Wiseman (Mexico City 1970) is a photographer whose distinctive artistic career has been marked by his relationship to photojournalism. His subjects are clearly interposed with his
longstanding understanding of image as something between document and intersubjectivity.
Wiseman has lived in Mexico City, NY, Scotland, Brazil and London. He has a BA from NYU in Ethnographic Film (1992) and completed the Documentary Program at the International Center of Photography in NY (1996).
Selected for Mexico’s XVI Bienal de la Fotografía in 2016 and 2014 consecutively he is also the two-time recipient of Mexico’s prestigious Endowment Of the Arts SNCA/FONCA fellowship 2012-2015 and 2018-2021.
Sabrina Collares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1985. She graduated in Fine Art at Middlesex University. She works with a variety of mediums and her practice is heavily inspired by the miscegenation, colonialism and anthropology in Brazil as well as the problematic nature of Eurocentrism, and the issues involving identity and culture in the Brazilian context.
Collares’ work is generally presented inverting traditional Western paintings in a ceaseless cultural anthropophagic quest. Her practice is extremely detailed, labour intensive and sometimes compulsive. Each material performs a dialogue and the intention is to portray an intricate and complex narrative.