Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

(Re)Painting the Porteño Canvas: Gender, Art, and Protest in Buenos Aires’ Streets
by Allan, Mackenzie K., M.S., The George Washington University, 2020, 174; 27956698
Abstract (Summary)

Intimately tied with economic and political volatility, Buenos Aires’ street art erupted with the 2001 economic crisis. The explosive growth over the past two decades expanded the diversity and quantity of artists and artwork citywide, yet representation and sponsorship of artists remains predominantly male-dominated. Pushes for equal representation in street art have coincided with new wave feminist political action, seen in Buenos Aires with the creation of Ni Una Menos and related organizations catalyzing the gender equality/violence movement. While ample research of public space, protest, and street art in Buenos Aires exists, incorporation of the new equality movement has yet to be explored. This study analyzes how the new feminist wave has influenced street artists, and identifies how, where, and why female and LGBTQ+ individuals are occupying public space through art and protest. Research conducted involved artists, representatives of collectives, street art gallery and web managers, and political organizers. Findings suggest that while there is great precedent of street art in social movements in Buenos Aires, there are few connections between the new feminist wave and female street artists and collectives. In addition, the research finds that female and queer artists’ participation in collectives changes the manner in which artists collaborate and access public space, despite few connections between feminist political organizations and artists or collectives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cullen, Declan
Commitee: Price, Marie
School: The George Washington University
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 81/11(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Gender studies, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Buenos Aires, Feminist geography, Feminist protest, Latin America, Social activism, Street art
Publication Number: 27956698
ISBN: 9798645448844
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