Part of the vanguard of 1960s conceptualism, Camnitzer was a member of New York’s Museo Latinoamericano and the splinter group Movimiento de Independencia Cultural de Latino América (MICLA). His book Conceptualism in Latin American Art (2007) is widely considered one of the most influential texts on the subject. In subtle, incisive works ranging from printmaking to sculptural installation to site-specific collaborations, Camnitzer’s consistent preoccupations include repression under systems of power, pedagogical norms, and the deconstruction of cultural presumptions. His often politically charged use of language as an art medium has distinguished his practice of six decades. Promoting alternative understandings of center and periphery, nearly all of Camnitzer’s work is charged with his questioning of colonialism and capitalism. It argues that Latin American conceptualism is not a style but rather a strategy that developed independently of North American and European influences.
Art Wall: Luis Camnitzer is organized by BAMPFA staff and curated by Christina Yang, chief curator. The Art Wall is made possible by major funding from Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive