Some of the most memorable and meaningful contributions to the world of contemporary art belong to Latin American or South American artists. Artistic traditions such as Conceptualism, Performance art and Minimalism are among those that have been influenced by artists from these regions. Long history of exploitation and current political turmoil in many countries are inspiring artists to create works that monumentalize the 21st century struggle to achieve equality, functioning society, overcome the legacy of imperialism and dictatorship.
In a continent which is famous for its flourishing graffiti and other types of street artist communities and works, there are still numerous galleries and museums that display works worth seeing.
Raura Oblitas offers everyday objects power by providing them with symbolic value through sculpture. Large-scale installations and sculptures that she creates criticize what she sees as unfit parts of well-functioning human societies, for instance prisons, the Chruch or the army. She has received wide international acknowledgement by many art critics and successfully challenges set social norms.
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