Oscar Svanelid

Oscar Svanelid

Doctoral Student

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Culture and Education


My name is Oscar Svanelid and Im a Phd student in Art history at Södertörn University since 2015. I work on a thesis with the preliminary title Shaping Life: The Etho-Poetic function of the Brazilian avant-garde. This thesis is about artistic attempts to shape human life within the avant-garde tradition. The thesis is argued in case studies focusing on artists Geraldo de Barros, Lygia Pape and Lygia Clark active within a constructivistic avant-garde tradition. In this material I encounter anthropophagical mixes where constructivism becomes actualized as therapeutic healing, radical pedagogy as well as religious design with the often explicit aim to reshape human life. As part of this PhD I will also publish a paper about the critical reception of American Pop Art in Brazil at the early period of military dictatorship (1964-1968) in the forthcoming anthology Art in Transfer: Curatorial Practices and Transnational Strategies in the Era of Pop(ed. Annika Öhrner)

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