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Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil

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Making a vital contribution to the understanding of Latin American modernism, Esther Gabara rethinks the role of photography in the Brazilian and Mexican avant-garde movements of the 1920s and 1930s. During these decades, intellectuals in Mexico and Brazil were deeply engaged with photography. Authors who are now canonical figures in the two countries’ literary traditions looked at modern life through the camera in a variety of ways. Mário de Andrade, known as the “pope” of Brazilian modernism, took and collected hundreds of photographs. Salvador Novo, a major Mexican writer, meditated on the medium’s aesthetic potential as “the prodigal daughter of the fine arts.” Intellectuals acted as tourists and ethnographers, and their images and texts circulated in popular mass media, sharing the page with photographs of the New Woman. In this richly illustrated study, Gabara introduces the concept of a modernist “ethos” to illuminate the intertwining of aesthetic innovation and ethical concerns in the work of leading Brazilian and Mexican literary figures, who were also photographers, art critics, and contributors to illustrated magazines during the 1920s and 1930s.

Gabara argues that Brazilian and Mexican modernists deliberately made photography err: they made this privileged medium of modern representation simultaneously wander and work against its apparent perfection. They flouted the conventions of mainstream modernism so that their aesthetics registered an ethical dimension. Their photographic modernism strayed, dragging along the baggage of modernity lived in a postcolonial site. Through their “errant modernism,” avant-garde writers and photographers critiqued the colonial history of Latin America and its twentieth-century formations.

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Examines photographs, mixed media essays, and experimental literature from two of the most influential modernist avant-garde movements in Latin America, proposing a theory of modernism that addresses the intersection of ethics and aesthetics.

About the Author

Esther Gabara is Assistant Professor of Romance Studies, and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822343233
Author:
Gabara, Esther
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Photography
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
Photography - Social aspects - Mexico
Subject:
Photography -- Social aspects -- Brazil.
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
John Hope Franklin Center Book
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
67 b&w photos, with 7 color plates
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Examines photographs, mixed media essays, and experimental literature from two of the most influential modernist avant-garde movements in Latin America, proposing a theory of modernism that addresses the intersection of ethics and aesthetics.
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