Collaborative project developed w/ Diafar. 2018-2019.
The historically dominant narrative conceived by the Argentinian nation-state presents the country as predominantly whyte, with European roots, excluding any reference to Africa in the construction of its identity. Based on the idea of an opposition between civilization and barbarism, colonial mechanisms were designed and continuously reasserted in an attempt to render blackness invisible and systematically suppress its existence over the country’s 200-year history. Even in books and population censuses, any racial reference to blacks or mestizos was gradually and orderly eliminated so as not «taint» the country’s allegedly uniform composition.
Afroargentina proposes to reconsider our black roots by questioning the privileged white gaze that views them as an exotic Other, based on a historical revision of the nation’s construction, providing a glimpse of systematic processes of the acculturation of blacks throughout history. Concepts like structural racism and the deconstruction of the non-existence of blackness in the Argentine context are some of the arguments examined in the context of privilege based on race-class and gender.
“DUE TO ITS SUPERIORITY, EUROPEAN BLOOD HAS PREVAILED OVER THE FUSION OF THE THREE RACES.”
B. MITRE, 1857
“THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION IN ARGENTINA, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO NEGROES. BRAZIL DOES HAVE THAT PROBLEM.”
C. MENEM, 1994
“WE WON’T ASK FOR DEMOCRACY MORE EQUALITY THAN THAT CONSENTED AMONG RACE DIFFERENCE AND SOCIAL POSITIONS. OUR SYMPATHY GOES TOWARDS BLUE EYES RACE.”
D. F. SARMIENTO, 1886
“WE ALL DESCEND FROM EUROPEANS IN SOUTH AMERICA.”
M. MACRI, 2018
Museo Amparo. Puebla, Mexico. 2019.
CDF. Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo. Uruguay.
Nov. 2019 – Feb. 2020.