The Disappeared

Antonio Frasconi, The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos)

The exhibition The Disappeared (Los Desaparecidos) at El Museo Del Barrio in Harlem is in its final two weeks, closing June 17th. The exhibit “brings together visual artists’ responses to the tens of thousands of persons who were kidnapped, tortured, killed and “vanished” in Latin America by repressive right-wing military dictatorships during the late-1950s to the 1980s.”

The artwork, by and large, is both politically and aesthetically sophisticated, eschewing the sloganeering that sometimes mires political artwork. Perhaps because many of the artists in the show have witnessed and lived through brutal regimes, these artists are able to create a more nuanced and thoughtful reaction to the unimaginable horrors perpetrated throughout Latin America over the last half-century.

Posted by: Ian M.


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