In the book Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s, Elena Shtromberg builds a theoretical framework for studying a group of Brazilian artworks from the 1970s. Her analyses differ from the traditional interpretive model that emphasizes authoritarian abuse by the military regime. Even considering that the dictatorship is an inescapable issue for those assessing the art production of the 1970s, the author in this case does not treat it as the only issue, subjecting artistic works from this time to diverse perspectives of analysis and focusing on their overlap with various systems of communication, exchange, and representation. In doing so, she offers a unique frame for studying the dictatorship in Brazil, riddled with nuances and paradoxical, contradictory situations.

Shtromberg grounds her discussion on four such systems: currency, newspaper, television, and maps. This choice is justified by her understanding of the various roles...

You do not currently have access to this content.