Chapter 1: Introduction
The nineteen-nineties marked a turning point in the history of art in Argentina, as it emerged between the end of a major economic crisis, the onset of neoliberalism and in the urgency imposed by the HIV/AIDS crisis. The developments then initiated still influence art practices today. The art of that decade provided a measure of relief, a small opening for sensibility in what was a hostile context. The mainstream was influenced by the alternative circuit which, in turn, looked to fashion and music. This first introductory chapter features both emblematic works and others still overlooked in the art histories of the period. A selection of documents interrogates the relationship between art and the counterculture, minority discourses, the historical avant-gardes, and the nightlife that exploded in every corner of Buenos Aires. In addition to the works by Alfredo Londaibere, Cristina Schiavi, Fabulous Nobodies, Feliciano Centurión, Fernanda Laguna, Jorge Gumier Maier, Lux Lindner, Marcelo Pombo and Omar Schiliro, recommended readings and other contents of interest are provided here.