BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

Tournaments of value: Argentina and Brazil in the age of exhibitions

Andermann, Jens (2009) Tournaments of value: Argentina and Brazil in the age of exhibitions. Journal of Material Culture 14 (3), pp. 333-363. ISSN 1359-1835.

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359183509106424

Abstract

The `Age of Exhibitions' included the newly independent Latin American nation-states almost from the very outset. This article studies the complex strategies of material and visual display, architecture and writing through which representations of Argentina and Brazil were fashioned at the world fairs. It argues that, as peripheral affiliates of the emergent capitalist world-system, Latin Americans had to negotiate the material and symbolic value of their commodities and cultural samples with a host of agents, including not just foreign audiences but also exhibition organizers, artists, architects, and so on. National pavilions, therefore, rather than being seen as material texts authored by state governments, could be understood as `contact zones', performative spaces for the exchange of objects, gazes and words. The article concludes by comparing the world fairs with trade and industry exhibitions held in Brazil and Argentina themselves. In these, it observes the emergence of a dissident figure of national modernity as `development', challenging hegemonic regimes of value.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Argentina, Brazil, developmentalism, modernity, national exhibitions, world fairs
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 11:33
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:55
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2619

Archive Staff Only (login required)

Edit/View Item Edit/View Item