Luis CamnitzerLeftovers 1970

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Artist
Luis Camnitzer (born 1937)
Title
Leftovers
Date 1970
Medium80 cardboard boxes, gauze and polyvinyl acetate
Dimensionsobject: 2032 x 3226 x 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2004
Reference
T11883
Not on display

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Camnitzer’s Leftovers reflects a period of political turmoil and violent repression in Latin America. The installation is made up from individually bandaged boxes, stained with red paint and with the word ‘Leftovers’ stencilled on them. The implication is that they contain human remains. Uruguay, the country in which Camnitzer spent his formative years, descended into chaos during the late 1960s. A wave of labour disputes prompted the President Jorge Pacheco to declare a state of emergency and impose martial law. Demonstrations were brutally suppressed, and political dissidents were arrested and often tortured.

November 2006

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