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    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.

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    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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 11:33
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:30


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