Autonomia: Aesthetics for Renewed Independence
Inspired by the desire to honor Latin America’s struggle for governance representative of the will and aspirations of its people, including its fight for independence in 1810 and Mexico’s war for democratic reforms in 1910, Solo Mujeres 2010 will highlight 3-6 women artists whose work and practice challenge us to think about distinct notions of self-determination. Whether it is through the creation of hand made goods or the production of images that inspire us to rethink what dictates our everyday behavior and perceptions, Autonomia: Aesthetics for Renewed Independence will navigate a varied spectra of objects, works, and processes; often reflecting the contradictions of pursuing autonomous notions of aesthetics and modes of production, while being dominated by pop-media generated images and a consumer culture.
Representative of the fight to be free from the colonization of the Spanish crown, and from the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz, the anniversaries of Latin America’s War for Independence, and the Mexican Revolution, serve to remind us of collective efforts to achieve self-governance and political independence. While the conflicts of 1810 and 1910, were nationalistic in nature, in today’s world of multi-national corporations, consolidated financial institutions, and ineptitude state structures, the objects of contemporary rebellion or revolt are more obscure. Contrary to holding one symbolic institution, or figure, accountable for perceived iniquities and inequalities, there is an idea or sensation that we ourselves contribute to our own subjugation with every purchase or material desire. The Sólo Mujeres 2010 will present artists and artwork that propose diverse assertions of personal, political, and economic autonomy.
By using autonomy as a guiding principle for the selection of artists and work, the exhibition seeks to highlight the capacity of the artist—and us— to make moral decisions and act on them. With the definition and interpretations of autonomy ranging from DIY self-reliance to indigenous self-government, exerting control or power over one’s life and future takes on subjective forms, and the range of artist work is sure to be diverse. Some approaches will emphasize the freedom of movement across national borders and the expropriation of well-known status symbols, while others consider the wearing of a mask and lingerie in pursuit of sexual and military power.