ART AND GLOBALIZATION

Defined in the logic of an expansive process of capital, technology and culture, globalization has inevitably arrived and with it various modes of commercial integration, markets, symbolic capitals, border ruptures and other consequences that have transformed the way in which art is now defined within an apparent loss of territoriality and new combinations of representation.

Dayanita Singh (India, 1961-)  

Untitled, 2006  

Gelatin silver print, from “Go Away Closer” (2007)  

 Edition 3/7  

24.4 × 24.3 cm (image, sight); 41.9 × 40.5 × 2 cm (frame)  

https://www.artic.edu/artworks/242515/untitled 

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the changes we have experienced as a global society, dominated by image and information technology, are shown in a series of advances and setbacks, of which the art that coexists with us is aware. 

 

Eduardo Vargas Rico (Venezuela, 1991)    

Prototype 161 N0 202 (View on the multifamily complex of the Central Park in Caracas), 2021   

Metal, Gag clips, Glass, Paper, DMF.    

13 x 12 cm (Image) – 25 x 14 x 6 cm (Approximate area.)   

(Courtesy of the artist)

A pandemic has paralyzed us and the desire to understand ourselves in the midst of this situation has arisen. There is an increase in migration and displacement at a global level, there are economic crises to come, and new ways of structuring life and work that affect art. Artists take positions in these realities from their localities, their archives and their signifiers in a clear attempt to overcome the old barriers of art and its hierarchies.

Eugene Agyei (Ghana, 1993-)  

Outside Beauty  

Clay, fabric, acrilic paint  

127, 762 x 27,94 x 91, 44 cm  

(Courtesy of the artist)

Art and artists in the midst of this globalization, shaken by the complexity of its conflicts, assume other dynamics in which to be in the here and now. Artists assume these dynamics through their particular connections and disconnections from their locality, from the transnational, from the new combinatorics that arise from the expansion of a common desire that -as Nikos Paspatergiadis writes- seeks to expand the parameters of art by incorporating new technologies, new places and new perspectives, and even more so in this moment of transformation of the way we understand ourselves based on our diversity.