CultureTV - July 3rd edition 2008Latin American art has its origins in the many different indigenous cultures that inhabited the continent before the Spanish invasion in the 16th Century. Each culture developed sophisticated artistic criteria, which in most cases was strongly linked with religious conceptions.
The Latin American contemporary art and especially the video-art has become more innovative and broader of conceptions.
Video is a digital art form and, as such, both contemporary and universal; it is subject to global trends. To specifically characterise Latin-American video art it is not only related to religious conceptions, Indian cultures and internal conflicts.
In contrast with Europe, there is hardly any financial support in Latin America for digital artistic productions. So media artists are in a tough situation. Most distribution channels are set up and maintained by individuals - often exhibition curators or initiators of media projects. Many video artists have to find jobs in other sectors to finance their art. This makes some of them leave video art for what it is after a few years, but it also makes the art form more diverse and multi-disciplinary.
Curated by Marjan van Mourik