On the Imaginaries of Crisis

On the Imaginaries of Crisis

BOOK REVIEW

BY MICHELA RUSSO

Imagen e intemperie: las tribulaciones del arte en los tiempos del mercado total [1] is a collection of five essays and an interview, written during the past ten years by Ticio Escobar, one of the most distinguished figures of the contemporary cultural, and political, panorama in Latin America on the question of art and representation [2].  Perhaps the most influential art critic in Paraguay, as well as a philosopher, lawyer, and former Minister of Culture during Fernando Lugo’s presidency (2008-2012), Ticio Escobar has been an attentive reader of different artistic practices at both the local and global levels for decades, confronting questions posed by indigenous and popular art, crossed with a form of critique of mercantile-capitalist discourse. Among Escobar’s previous publications, we should mention Una interpretación de las artes visuales en el Paraguay (1982)where Escobar began delineating, in the light of the Enlightenment definition of art, the question posed by different forms of popular production, whose imageries have been so vividly present within the cultural texture of the region. El mito del arte y el mito del Pueblo: cuestiones sobre arte popular (1986), written during Alfredo Stroessner’s dictatorship (1954–1989), pivots on the analysis of the concept of “popular,” and finally, La belleza de los otros (1993) engages with the notion of otherness.

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