Sofia Gotti

Theme: Commensurability – Incommensurability

Semiotics of the Living Room: South American Proto-Feminist furniture by Teresa Burga and Beatriz Gonzalez

First Wave Feminist Art in Latin America was not an organised movement in the 1960s and artists seldom define themselves as feminists. Regardless of the term’s scarce currency, a multitude of women fiercely fought against a dominant, deeply catholic and repressive patriarchy. Situated in the wider context of the significance of feminism in Latin America, this paper’s objectives are twofold: to examine how Teresa Burga’s and Beatriz González’s use of furniture revealed a feminist ethos avant-la-lettre; and to begin mapping proto-feminist art practices, highlighting an alternative reading of feminism as a factor in modernity.

Sofia Gotti is Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art and Head of Public Programs at The Feminist Institute in New York City. She completed an AHRC Collaborative PhD with Tate Research and Chelsea College of Art in the field of Pop art in South America. Sofia has previously taught at University of the Arts London, and in 2015–16 she was the Hilla Rebay International Curatorial Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.