Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center,
Troy NY

GRACELIA CARNEVALE

Action for the Experimental Art Cycle, Rosario, Argentina, 1968

10 photographs and artist's statement

Courtesy of the artist

In 1968, as part of the Experimental Art Cycle in Rosario, Argentina, Graciela Carnevale invited individuals to an opening at an empty storefront gallery space whose windows had been covered in posters. Once the audience was gathered inside, the artist locked the door, leaving them trapped for just over an hour until a bystander outside broke the window, allowing them to escape. The piece was manifested through the viewers' emotional and physical response to their imprisonment, a situation, Carnevale points out, in which they were "obliged, violently to participate." Upon exiting, the audience was given a statement that drew a correlation between the experience they had undergone and other abusive acts perpetrated by the Argentine military government on a daily basis.

For Uncertain Spectator, this historic action will be represented by a series of documentary photographs, and the statement given to the audience after their escape.

  • EXHIBITIONGraciela Carnevale. Action for The Experimental Art Cycle. 1968. Rosario, Argentina. Archivo Graciela Carnevale / Image courtesy of the artist
  • EXHIBITIONGraciela Carnevale. Action for The Experimental Art Cycle. 1968. Rosario, Argentina. Archivo Graciela Carnevale / Image: Carlos Militello
  • EXHIBITIONGraciela Carnevale. Action for The Experimental Art Cycle. 1968. Rosario, Argentina. Archivo Graciela Carnevale / Image courtesy of the artist
  • EXHIBITIONGraciela Carnevale. Action for The Experimental Art Cycle. 1968. Rosario, Argentina. Archivo Graciela Carnevale / Image: Carlos Militello