In October 2016, Professor Claire Taylor was awarded Impact Acceleration funding for her project Latin American Art and Museum Policy. Here, her research assistant, Ailsa Peate, a doctoral student in Latin American studies at the University of Liverpool, tells us more about the research.
Overall, the Latin American Art and Museum Policy project aims to increase the impact of Claire’s previous research, Latin(o) American Digital Art, by focusing on galleries and museums, community media groups, and artists themselves, as well as establishing new links between the University of Liverpool and museums in the UK and Latin America.
As part of the Latin American Art and Museum Policy project, we have revisited the policy document created after Claire exhibited the digital artwork of four Latin American artists at FACT in 2014 as part of her previous project on digital art from the region. The policy document provides guidance for these institutions when approaching exhibiting digital artworks which deal with memory and trauma in a physical space; when running workshops on the topic through the use of digital arts; when considering the most productive manner in which to engage the public in thought on the topic of dictatorship and memory through a digital approach, and provides insight into Twitter curation as a means through which to expand on the physical creative space of the gallery/museum among other objectives. The document has now been translated into Spanish and disseminated to museums, galleries, and action groups with a focus on military dictatorship, state violence, memory, and trauma in six Latin American countries.
Among other outcomes of the project, we are currently also contributing to refreshing the Federation of International Human Rights Museums‘ (FIHRM) website through the addition of new case studies, based on specific artist exhibitions at FACT in 2014.
The Latin American Art and Museum Policy project also holds at its core the development of a project with National Museums Liverpool . NML acts as an advocate for museums all over the world concerning ethical representations of topics such as slavery, corruption, and human rights, and is currently advising El Museo para la Democracia Internacional (the Museum for International Democracy) in Rosario, Argentina, a country which has experienced military dictatorship (1976 – 1983). As such, Claire’s project also works with NML to form a bridge with the museum in Rosario as they develop their materials and prepare for the formal launch of the museum at the end of this year. In order to do so, we are working closely with the museum in Rosario to assess their needs, and are being advised by NML’s own International Slavery Museum, who have expertise in these areas.
In November 2017, we will travel to Rosario to present the policy document and other research findings at the annual FIHRM conference. We’ll also be running a hands-on workshop to encourage discussion on the challenges of representing dictatorship-focused digital art.