LAURA MALACART

THREE MOMENTS OF A TEMPORARY LOSS OF PERSPECTIVE

Haroldo Conte Museum, Buenos Aires, 2013



In Culture and Imperialism Edward Said notes that during the 1970s and 1980s an important ideological shift occurs where French radical intellectuals express a lack of faith in the grand narratives of emancipation ‘narrative, which posits an enabling beginning point and a vindicating goal, is no longer adequate … we are stuck within our circle’. (29)

Continental philosophy turns to the postmodern subject. In politics authoritarian regimes gain favour with Reaganism and Thatcherism. Britain and Argentina are at war for 72 days over the Falklands Islands: a remote territory British people did not know existed. The historical subject undergoes a moment of a temporary loss of perspective.

The work in the exhibition is generated by my encounter with three found objects connected with the Falklands/Malvinas. The items belong to a popular British context associated with tourism and leisure.


The first is a submarine periscope, operational and on display at the Maritime Museum in Portsmouth, UK; the second is a feature article from a tourist magazine promising to ‘unlock the beauty of the Falklands Islands’; the third is a catalogue of drawings by the first British woman war artist to be deployed.


My response to these objects/devices aspires to create an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between recent historical and ideological correlations. (LM)


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the encounter with three objects


a submarine periscope,

a tourist feature article and

a biographical text by the first woman artist sent to war


generates three installations


Strange Nostalgias

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