Julia Bryan-Wilson on Lotty Rosenfeld
ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT and respected Chilean artists of her generation, Lotty Rosenfeld is best known as a founding member of CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte) and for an incisive solo practice that interrogated power and the occupation of public space during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Her work Una Milla de cruces sobre el pavimento (A Mile of Crosses on the Pavement), in which the artist turned traffic lines into crosses, or plus signs, or X’s, was first enacted on Avenida Manquehue in Santiago in 1979. This insurgent gesture, which she performed and documented throughout the 1980s and beyond in strategically selected sites such as the roads in front of Palacio de la Moneda (Chile’s presidential palace) and the White House, was an iconic if elliptical registration of political refusal. Rosenfeld’s + both marks (here) and accuses (you).
Refusal was also one
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