Transatlantic Exposures: German Photographers in Buenos Aires and the Female Lens
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About the talk
The compelling trajectory of these women is made even more notable considering the enduring uneasiness to approach “non-Western art” on the same plane as “Western art.” Where do we place these women? Are they German or Argentine? Do they belong to what has been labelled as the “centre” or to the “peripheries”? How does that impact the ways in which their works is read and evaluated? In an effort to answer these questions my dissertation also explores the role played by Buenos Aires. Dubbed, “the Paris of the South” around the end of the nineteenth century, it resisted exoticizing stereotypes associated with Latin America perhaps more than any other of its cities. As such, Buenos Aires, and the presence of these women in it, allow for a critical reassessment of how we have come to understand cross-cultural encounters, gender dynamics, non-Western spaces, and the modern art canon.
Since starting her PhD, Marina was a Graduate Intern in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2019–20). She also completed a research internship in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2017). Her doctoral research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016–2017, 2020–2021) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award (2017–20).