Indigenous men and women wearing masks at the wake of Cacique Messias Martins

​Spotlight

Monuments and Counter-Monuments

All around the Americas, statues have come tumbling down. This Spotlight on Monuments and Counter-Monuments takes a look at what monuments represent and what their legacy means. It also examines a trend towards counter-monuments, an effort to seek other ways to create memorials. 
This Spotlight will become the Spring-Summer 2021 of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America, Volume XX, No. 3.

Articles

Articles

My cry into the world

My cry into the world

English + Español
It was September 20, 2019. “One hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred….” That was how we felt and that was how we counted in the face of the irremediable absences provoked…

El Barroso

El Barroso

English + Español
In Cabimas, my hometown and Venezuela’s main oil port, there’s a monument to Barroso II, an oil well that exploded in 1922, hurling a million barrels of oil into the air until it was…

To Violeta

To Violeta

English + Español
n the 1990s when I was conducting research on the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, I used to travel with my grandmother Josefina to the small town of Montegrande where Gabriela spent…

A Space of Art and Memory

A Space of Art and Memory

Fragmentos: Espacio de Arte y Memoria is a stunningly beautiful counter-monument dedicated to the memory of the Colombian civil war and the suffering of all its victims. It was created in…

The Eyes of Chávez

The Eyes of Chávez

English + Español
In France, working on my doctoral thesis on architecture and the city, I found that my research brought me closer to my homeland after six years of investigation into the Venezuelan context.

The Political Life of Statues

The Political Life of Statues

English + Español
The pedestal, devoid of the monument that once crowned it, tells us of a kingdom that no longer exists; the fallen bust at its base immersed in the sand is of a ruler that no one remembers anymore…

The Statues of Hugo Chávez

The Statues of Hugo Chávez

It has been eight years since the death of Hugo Chávez. Given the public knowledge of the former Venezuelan president’s battle with cancer and the speculation stirred up by his absence in the political scene in the months prior to his death, the announcement of his passing…

EsCultura Queer

EsCultura Queer

It has been eight years since the death of Hugo Chávez. Given the public knowledge of the
former Venezuelan president’s battle with cancer and the speculation stirred up by his absence in
the political scene in the months prior to his death, the announcement of his passing on March 5,