This group exhibition presents recent works by contemporary artists responding to the popular culture media format of Latin American telenovelas (soap operas) and their printed comic-book versions called fotonovelas.
The exhibition features work in book form, comic strips, photographs, prints, and video. Addressing the influence and contemporary alterations of the book as an art object and blurring the boundaries between high and low media, these artists are also experimenting with narrative and disjunctive formats to complicate melodramatic content and discuss cultural politics.
The influence and importance of fotonovelas as popular literary works stems from their accessibility and mass-production, and hence can be seen as a form of subversive propaganda. Additionally, the social and political content found in fotonovelas allows for a greater popular discourse on issues considered taboo, such as gender, sex, religion, hierarchy, and economic inequalities. The goal of the exhibition is to shed light on how the fotonovelas as a mass produce book has influence contemporary art practices and, thus, expands the discourse of bookarts.