Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Join the Society of Design Arts (SoDA) and AIGA Baltimore for this online talk by design historians Livia Rezende and Patricia Lara-Betancourt, co-editors of the volume Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean, a special issue of the Journal of Design History (Oxford University Press, 2019).

They will discuss what happens when researchers foreground Latin American and Caribbean agency in design, a proposition that underpins the edition. Guided by this challenge, they propose a new approach to the discourse on Latin American and Caribbean design and consider ways to decolonize and globalize the study of design history in and from that region.

AIGA Baltimore and SoDA member Raquel Castedo will host this event, part of the virtual series created to promote the rich and plural histories of Latin American production in design.

Thank you to AIGA Unidos, Stevenson University, and the Design History Society for partnering with us on this event.

👉🏼 The speakers will present in English. Interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available.

1) The event will be online using Zoom. Click here to register for free.
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Dr. Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a design historian and member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University (London, UK) since 2008. She studied Colombian and Latin American History at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Nacional de Colombia; and worked as a University lecturer in Colombia from 1990 to 1997. Among her publications is The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America, in Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in the Age of Globalization, ed. by K Fallan and G Lees-Maffei (Berghahn, 2016). Other publications include Complex Interior Spaces in London, 1850-1930: Introduction, in F Fisher, P Lara-Betancourt, V Kelley and P Sparke, eds., The London Journal, 45 (2, 2020); and Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail, co-edited with A Lasc and M Maile Petty (Routledge 2017).

Dr. Livia Rezende is a design historian living on Gadigal land and working at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She co-founded OPEN, an art and design collective for decolonial praxis. She is New Formats editor of the Journal of Design History and Book Review editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. Dr. Rezende has published widely, her latest research into the institutionalization of modern design in Latin America as coloniality was initiated in her co-edited Journal of Design History’s special issue Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean (2019) and is forthcoming in Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: Schools of Departure (2021), Design and Displacement (2022) and Building-Object (2022). Her previous research into displays of Brazilian raw materials in World’s Fairs feature in Iberoamericana (Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, 2021), Designing Worlds (2016), Cultures of International Exhibitions (2015) and Design Frontiers (2014).

Watch the previous Latino Design Histories videos!

When & Where
Thu, Nov 18, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM