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On demand
online course

250 min

20 videos

Part I

6 artists masterclasses in one short course

Latin American Surrealism?

This Short Course on Latin American Surrealism?, is a unique exploration of the artistic movement that emerged in the region in the 20th century. Each class will challenge the notion that subscribed Latin American artists to concepts like exotic, primitive, colourful and fantastic, merely following the footsteps of European Surrealists. Instead, you will learn how these groundbreaking artists actually created distinct movements that drew on local cultural, social, and political realities. This course includes 6 artist's masterclasses, where we will examine the cultural and political context in which these artists emerged, alongside their incredible lives and friendships that helped them develop their extraordinary practice.  By the end of the course, you will have gained a deep understanding of the distinct nature of the work produced by these artists that distanced them quite drastically from Surrealism, allowing you to apply this knowledge to your own creative and intellectual pursuits.
Este Curso Corto sobre el Surrealismo Latinoamericano? es una exploración única del movimiento artístico que surgió en la región en el siglo XX. Cada clase desafiará la noción que suscribió a los artistas latinoamericanos a conceptos como lo exótico, primitivo, colorido y fantástico, aludiendo que ellos simplemente siguieron los pasos de los surrealistas europeos. En cambio, este curso observará como su trabajo llevo a la creacion de movimientos artisticos únicos basados en sus realidades culturales, sociales y políticas locales. Este curso incluye 6 masterclasses, en donde examiraremos el contexto cultural y político en el que surgieron estos artistas. Igualmente, cada clase incluye un estudio a profundidad de su vida y sus relaciones sin los cuales no hubieran podido crear su increíble trabajo. Al final del curso, habrás adquirido una comprensión profunda de la naturaleza distinta del trabajo producido por estos artistas que los distanció drásticamente del surrealismo, permitiendote aplicar este conocimiento a tus propias actividades creativas e intelectuales.
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250 min



20 videos

Included Artists

Amelia Pelaez

Learn about the woman that transformed modernism in Cuba while exploring her unique sense of national identity.

Frida Kahlo

Study 7 paintings by this reknowned Mexican artist that revolutionised the role of women in Mexican society

Leonora Carrington

Learn about a woman who exposed an unexplored side of the human psyche, revolutionising the aesthetics of her time.

Remedios Varo

Learn about the story of a woman that united art, science and mysticism, creating a worldview that had never been proposed before.

Wifredo Lam

Learn about one of the first artists to revalue the black aesthetic in Latin America.

Debora Arango

Learn about the first woman who not only painted and exhibited female nudes but created one of the first works of political satire art in Colombia during the 20th century.

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What our students have to say

Que curioso! En su día fui introducida a Wifredo Lam como el "Picasso Cubano" yo con poco de conocimiento de historia del arte sobre el contexto nunca lo vi como nada problemático. Esta clase sin duda me ha cambiado la forma de pensar al respecto. Naiara

How curious! On day I was introduced to Wifredo Lam as the "Cuban Picasso" I, with little knowledge of art history about the context, never saw it as problematic. This class has definitely changed the way I think about it. Naiara

Esta clase me ha demostrado ideas/conceptos de las ciencias sociales y humanidades con las que yo soy familiar. Me impactó ver lo que representaba ser una artista mujer en ese contexto y como se pronunciaron fuertemente ante ello. Me encantó: el arte no tiene que ver con la moral. Teresita

This class has shown me ideas/concepts from the social sciences and humanities with which I am familiar. I was shocked to see what it meant to be a female artist in that context and how they spoke out strongly about it. I loved the phrase: art has nothing to do with morality. Teresita


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About the lecturer

Daniela Galan

Daniela Galan is the founder and director of Amalgama. She is a registered lecturer at the Arts Society in the United Kingdom and has over 17 years of research in art history and philosophy. She has focused her investigation on artists from Latin America, especially female artists whose work remains underrepresented within the art industry. This was the founding purpose of Amalgama, which led her to curate numerous exhibitions, forums and publications since its inception in 2018.

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