Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Politics of Architecture in Contemporary Argentine Cinema

Monday, November 5, 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gerald Schwartz School of Business, 156
Event Type: Lecture

Dr. Amanda Holmes (McGill University) analyzes how architectural landmarks, imagined buildings and urban landscapes take part in the production of meaning in contemporary Argentine cinema. From the iconic Buenos Aires Obelisk to the Hilton International Hotel, from the shopping center to the café, from the Le Corbusier-designed Curutchet House to the gated community, architecture in these films evokes the political. Tracing architecture’s expression through six films produced since the 1990s—Pizza birra faso, Mundo grúa, Nueve reinas, La niña santa, La antena and El hombre de al lado—, Holmes studies how this cinema uses architecture to elicit political memory, underscore marginalization and class discrepancies, create nostalgia for neighborhoods and reevaluate existing communities.

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