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Recycled Reading: Latin American Cartoneras and Alternative Book Publishing

Image Monday, October 12, 2009 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
(Round-table w/ cartoneras)

Alexander Library, Fourth Floor, CAC

Monday, October 12, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
(Film screening: Cartoneros, discussion to follow)

Graduate Student Lounge, CAC

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
(Literary Reading w/ Washington Cucurto and Aldo Medinaceli Lopez)

Center for Latin American Studies, 106 Nichol Ave., DC

 Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Book Making Workshop)
Mason Gross, 33 Livingston Ave., Room 202

A series of workshops, exhibits, panel discussions, classroom visits and films. The cartonera publishing phenomenon began in Buenos Aires in 2003, and has inspired similar collectives in seven other countries such as Peru, Brazil and Paraguay. In 2001, a severe financial crisis left Argentina in distress, and put millions out of work. Between 25,000 to 30,000 unemployed, displaced workers started combing the city every night picking out paper, cardboard, metal and glass in order to support their families. As one of the social, political, and cultural implications of this phenomenon, a group of artists and writers came up with a progressive new publishing model that challenges and contests the neo-liberal political and economic hegemony. They purchase cardboard from the cartoneros who collect cardboard in the street, and convert it into bookbinding for short literary pieces whose authors and agents have donated their rights to the texts.  Each book is decorated with tempera paint and stencils, creating a one-of-a-kind literary and art object.  These books are sold at moderate prices to the public, but also make their way into main-stream venues such as art museum shops.

For more information, please visit http://clas.rutgers.edu

Sponsored by:
* Center for Latin American Studies
* Center for Latino Arts and Culture
* Department of Spanish and Portuguese
* Global Initiatives
* Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions
* Seminar on "The History of the Book"
* Rutgers Libraries
* School of Communication and Information

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