Context in Art as Political Discussion: Amalia Pica's Venn Diagrams
One of the multiple interesting pieces currently being exhibited at the New Museum’s The Ungovernables is Amalia Pica’s Venn Diagrams. The text under this piece says:
During the period of dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s, gatherings of citizens were closely monitored as they were considered a threat to the government. At the same time group theory and venn diagrams were banned from primary school programs as they could provide a model for subversive thought.
Brutal and ignorant as any other dictatorship (or even more if you wish), I knew Argentinian Military Junta was capable of something as absurd as this and more (like banning Sigmund Freud’s doctrine and exterminating psychoanalysts… in Argentina of all places!), but since it seemed so shocking, I went on and researched a little.
Here is a detailed account of what happened: Who is afraid of a vector? By Mauricio Schoijet.
When discussing Art as Political Discussion (even more than when discussing Art), there is never enough context.