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Rodrigo Cañete


Research Student

Areas: Art and AIDS in Argentina and Chile in the late Eighties and Early Nineties'

Supervised Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (School of Modern Languages) and Milija Gluhovic (Performance Studies)

MPhil in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art re-contextualising the work of Diego Velázquez and MSc in Social Psychology from the London Schoof of Economics. Funded by the Fellowship of the School of Modern Languages at Warwick University and member of the European PhDnet 'Literary and Cultural Studies' Network co-Diploma with the Justus Liebig-Universität Giessen. Former Under-Secretary of State for Culture of Argentina

Research Interests

I am currently working with a group of artists in Argentina and Chile who in the 1980s and early 1990s in the midst of the AIDS crisis, reclaimed for aesthetics the socially transformative power which had been lost during the 1960s and 1970s when form was perceived as an elitist detachment from historical political commitments. Walter 'Batato' Barea, Liliana Maresca, Omar Schiliro, Feliciano Centurión, Pedro Lemebel and Francisco Casas used the formal tools of photography, performance, assemblage and video art to create embodied aesthetic encounters where the perception of the viewers was transformed. I propose a new critical framework to approach these artists as a group that used form and aesthetics for politically engaging a society that refused to acknowledge difference and the desolation caused by AIDS.

Teaching Experience

2000-2002 TA in Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Political Science/ Universidad del Salvador

2000-2002 TA in Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy/ Universidad de Buenos Aires

2015 – 2020 Founder and director of the LANPINSTITUTE: Online Art History Courses; Art History Talks in Argentina and Study Trips to Italy (Rome, Milan and Venice), Spain (Madrid and Seville) and the Low Countries (Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Amsterdam). Courses Taught Online: The History of Art from Ancient Greece to Video Art, Art and Post Humanism, Theory of Photography, Participative and Sadistic Art. Talks in Argentina on: Diego Velázquez, The Art of the Roman Baroque, Theory of Photography, Post-Photography, The History of Argentine Art and The History of Art from the perspective of the Theory of Neo-Platonic Love and Late-Capitalistic Depression



Historia a Contrapelo del Arte Argentino - Penguin/Random House Argentina, forthcoming September 2020
Full-length manuscript commissioned by publisher to present a new survey of modern Argentine art history. Areas covered: 19th century painting genres and styles, Museum of Fine Arts history and collections, avant-gardes and conceptualism, neo-avant-garde and the emergence of the art market, a genealogy of Argentine art criticism and the emergence of the creative industries and their implications for art and the public policies aimed at art.


Articles in Books:

‘Metaphorical Seroconversion and Infected Beauty’ in HIV/AIDS Then and Now (ed. Alicia Castillo Villanueva, Dublin City University) Forthcoming 2021


“The Myth of the Flying Carpet May Not Be a Myth After All' in Alexandra Kehayoglou (ed. Cornelia Lauf), Buchhandlung Walther Köning, Cologne, Germany. Forthcoming Spring 2019. (Introduction by Dr. Shirin Melikova (Baku) and foreword by Dries Van Noten. Essays by: Alan Belcher (Toronto), Tita Giehse (Dusseldorf), Rodrigo Cañete (Buenos Aires), Hans Haacke (New York) and Alex Rockman (New York).


Ides rompe la sagrada relación en entre el ojo y la mano, borrando y tachando… en soledad” / “Challenging the traditional artistic circle of mind, hand and eye: the duplicitous world of Ideas Kihlen” in Ides Kihlen. Catálogo Razonado. Buenos Aires, HM Impresiones, 2018. (Introduction by Juan Javier Negri and additional essay by Rafael Squirru.)


Texts in Exhibition Catalogues:


'O modernismo líquido de O Mar'. Text for the catalogue of Horacio Inchausti's solo exhibition at the Ruinas Center in Rio de Janeiro 13.10.2018-4.11.2018


'Berghain y el fin de la opacidad como utopia'. Text for the catalogue of Lautaro Bianchi's solo exhibition at the Argentine Consulate in Berlin 28.3.2019-22.4.2019


 'El gran traductor'. Text for the catalogue of Nubar Dougerian's solo exhibition at the Palacio Ferreyra in Cordoba, Argentina. 28.7.2019 - 15.8.2019


Articles in Journals:


 'A arte de Argentina e do Brasil: colocando o baixo acima do alto', Calibán - Revista da Federação Latino-Americana de Psicanálise - FEPAL Volume 13th, Number 1, 2015.