Karina Maddonni


Karina Maddonni, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, holds a licenciatura degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, IUNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Professor of Painting (National School of Fine Arts P. Pueyrredón, Argentina). She has specialized in combined artistic languages (IUNA), and is currently a member of the research team on "Art and Labor", at IUNA. She received artistic training in both practical and theoretical fields with leading figures from local and international art world. She has been teaching, since 1992, at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), among other institutions, and in her own studio. She is currently Professor and Academic coordinator of the DEART (Art Department), at the School of Communication and Design, UADE. She has received several academic awards and is a member and representative of academic quality at UADE. Maddonni has offered seminars and workshops specializing in contemporary art. She has also been invited to lecture at national and international institutions. She has published several theoretical works about contemporary art. In recent years she has served as artistic and educational curator for exhibitions, biennials and art institutions, and has served as a jury of several art contests. Since 1997 she has worked as an illustrator as well as graphic designer for various publishers. Maddonni is also an artist and has exhibited her artwork since 1992 in solo and group exhibitions.





Course List: 

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SPAN6617 - Art & Technology - New Media      

Contemporary Art, Technology, and New Media
*Three-week course, first session*

This course is conceived like /a trip/ around the interesting and problematic relationship between Art and Technology. Since the beginning, Art and technè have been inseparable concepts. The historical Avant-gardes of the beginning of the 20th-century modified this view and deeply examined this relationship. The new technological discovers and the media that appeared during this century changed completely the /Art landscape/*. Our course purposes an overview of the different art manifestations focusing in Latin-American productions such as video art, net art, interactive art, installations, urban interventions, performance art, blog art; and also will analyze the changes in the new spectators, as users or operators and the social consequences that this situation involves. (.5 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6618 - 21C SA Narrative: Short Novel      

Twenty-First Century Spanish American Narrative: The Short Novel

This course explores the renewed interest in the genre of the short novel displayed by many of the major authors of early 21st-Century Spanish American narrative. We will discuss the various definitions and debates about the short novel genre, as well as the common artistic traits and concerns shared by the most recent Spanish American fiction writers. Authors to be read include César Aira, Mario Bellatin, Roberto Bolaño, Carmen Boullosa, Diamela Eltit, Santiago Gamboa, Rita Indiana Hernández, Yuri Herrera, and Valeria Luiselli. (1 unit)

Required texts:
- César Aira, Cómo me hice monja (Literatura Random House, 2013) (ISBN: 9788439702238);
- Mario Bellatin, Salón de belleza (Editorial Tusquets, 2001) (ISBN: 9788483101421);
- Carmen Boullosa, La milagrosa (Editorial Era, 1994) (ISBN: 9789684113589);
- Rita Indiana Hernandez, La estrategia de Chochueca (Editorial Isla Negra, 2003) (ISBN: 978-1932271171);
- Yuri Herrera, Trabajos del reino (Editorial Periférica, 2011) ( ISBN: 978-8492865055);
- Valeria Luiselli, Los ingrávidos (Editorial Sexto Piso, 2012) (ISBN: 978-8496867895). Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6630 - Migration & Exile Contemp Thea      

Migration and Exile in Contemporary Spanish American Theater

This course will examine Spanish American plays from both the 20th-and 21st-centuries that explore the topic of migration in thematic and symbolic terms. We will study the various manifestations of migration—immigration, emigration, exile, and return—as each of them are connected to social, political, economic, psychological, linguistic, and physical realities. The movement of peoples and communities from one continent, country, or region to another has become a frequent occurrence, and playwrights have seen, interpreted, and staged the drama and instability behind this uprooting. The goal is to study Spanish American plays from countries and regions that have experience significant amounts of internal and external migration, as well as countries that have experienced massive emigration. The course will be divided in both regions and topics:
Argentina: Displacement and disappearance; Mexico/U.S. Borderlands; The Caribbean: “Sailing” Away; Pilgrimage and Memory: The Andean Region.

Some of the playwrights to be studied include Roberto Cossa (Argentina); Arístides Vargas (Argentina/Ecuador); René Marqués (Puerto Rico); Sabina Berman (México); Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú); Hugo Salcedo (México), and Jorge Díaz (Chile). (1 unit)

Required texts:
- Rene Marques, La carreta: Drama en tres actos (Editorial Cultural, 1983 or most recent edition) (ISBN-10: 8428306737 ISBN-13: 978-84206737);
- Las fronteras miticas del teatro mexicano (Editor: Stuart Day LATR Books, University of Kansas) (ISBN 978-1-61539-743-3). Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6634 - Collective Memory & Art in SA      

Collective Memory & Art in South America
*Three-week course, first session*

Collective memory has been one of the main subjects for artistic practices during and after the dictatorships in South America. The term memory—that includes its opposite, forgetfulness- in its social and collective shape, is the issue of this course. Artistic production and militancy have been the most important strategies to keep collective memory alive in this region. We will analyze and compare the artistic productions from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay as well as Memory places and cultural institutions’ role in these countries. Special attention will be paid to Argentina, focusing on the Military and Civic Dictatorship (1976-1983) due to the deep experience that this particular society has achieved in order to give back truth and justice to the victims of the state terrorism. Images, musical, and video material will be shared and analyzed in class. (.5 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6786 - Contemporary Argentine Art      

Three-week course, first session

This course will cover an overview of the current state of the art in Argentina. We will cover works from the mid-80's to today. The problematic relationship between the artistic and economic and social crises that shook the country in 2001 and the world in 2008, will be a topic of particular concern to our course. While Buenos Aires is one of the most important centers of production and circulation, we will also attempt to reflect the artistic situation in various cities, paying particular attention to Rosario, as the epicenter of production in contemporary art. We will work with paintings, sculptures, video art, performances, interventions, installations, and artistic productions that are evidence of the crossing of languages and their interdisciplinary nature. (.5 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN6797 - Lat Amer Avant-Garde Art      

Latin American Avant-Garde Art
*Three-week course, first session*

The search for the NEW, the conflict between the local and the cosmopolitan, the self-questioning of the art institution per se, the encounter between the native and the European, the coexistence of the past and the modern spirit, and a deep sense of freedom, are some of the key elements in this course. We will study the social, political, and economic implications of this art in Latin America. In addition to the 1920s and 1930s, this course will also survey the spirit of rupture and revolution as it continues to evolve in the 1950 and 1960s. We will work with a wide variety of documents provided by the professor. (.5 unit) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2012

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SPAN1351 - Art & Memory in Latin America      

Art and Memory in Latin America: The Argentine Case
In this course we will study Latin American art and its relationship to military dictatorships of the ’70s and ‘80s. The term memory—as a necessary subject and as an objective for many of the subsequent artistic practices—will be the main conceptual point to be developed throughout the course. We will work with texts, audio visual materials, and creative exercises of artistic production. We will pay special attention to Argentina, focusing on the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional (1976-1983) and its effects on contemporary art productions and on the cultural institutions of this country. (Two Spanish 0300 level classes or above, or by waiver) AAL ART LNG WTR

Winter 2015

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