Curated by Alex Flynn and Beatriz Lemos, the exhibition ‘Cartoneras: Latin American re-readings’ counts on over 300 cartonera books, from publishers from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina, besides three European titles. To be held at the Casa do Povo, São Paulo from 1st November 2018 – 8th February 2019, the exhibition will present a panorama of the cartonera phenomenon, presenting over works from different cartoneras across Latin America, and contextualizing the rapid growth of this movement.

Seeking to propose a fresh perspective on how literature and art intersect, the exhibition will work with the aesthetics of the books themselves, but also delve into the production methods, organizational logics and social networks across Latin America that contextualize the cartonera phenomenon. Building on the in-depth research of the wider AHRC project, ‘Cartoneras: Latin American re-readings’ thus proposes an aesthetic encounter of form and content to engage with the agency of this particular form of knowledge production.

A central principle of the exhibition is that all the books on display will be accessible: visitors will be free to browse and read the exhibited books. The books form a collection that will be acquired by the British Library, the Senate House Library and Cambridge University Library, thus inaugurating only the second cartonera library collection outside Latin America and the first in Europe.

The exhibition includes a cycle of workshops that will be delivered by the collective Dulcinéia Catadora in accordance with the public programme, whose focus is partly on engaging the Spanish-speaking immigrant community based in Bom Retiro, the area in which the exhibition will take place. There will also be an international symposium on November 7 and 8, which will feature members and founders of the cartonera publishers from Argentina, Mexico and Brazil whose work is being exhibited.

The exhibition will first occur at the Casa do Povo, before travelling to London for a November 2019 opening at the Senate House Library, University of London.


Location: Casa do Povo / Rua Três Rios, 252 – Bom Retiro, São Paulo, Brazil

Period: November 1, 2018 to February 8, 2019

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

International Seminar: 7 and 8 November 2018

Executive Producer: J. Pombo

Exhibition and graphic design: Grupo Inteiro

Public programme: Graziela Kunsch

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