Modernity and the Landscape in Latin America

Aesthetics, Politics, Ecology (Swiss National Fund)

Project Overview


J.K-y-Lucio-Costa Armando Reverón, Playa de Macuto, 1940 1L8B9506-1

Modernity and the Landscape: Aesthetics, Politics, Ecology is a three-year research project financed by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) led by Prof. Dr. Jens Andermann at the University of Zurich.

The research comprises three projects that will be developed in parallel by Jens Andermann, Lisa Blackmore and Dayron Carrillo Morrel, whose outlines can be consulted by following the links in the Research Projects menu.

General hypothesis

The research stems from the proposal that the modern aesthetic landscape and the way in which it revisits and critically re-evaluates its colonial and nineteenth-century forerunners, is simultaneously a way of taking stock of changing social space-place configurations and an experimental re-assessment of landscape’s capacity for inscribing these with meaning.

Project Aims

  • To move beyond nation-centered critical paradigms and towards a mode of reading local against transnational formations
  • To advance a transversal concept of landscape, approaching it as a problematic traversing the arts, literature, architecture and cinema
  • To seek out relations between processes of crisis and reconfiguration in aesthetic form and social experience of space and place


Images left-right: Juscelino Kubitschek y Lucio Costa, 1959; Armando Reverón, Playa de Macuto, 1940; Fausto Fontana, Feria de la Paz y la Confraternidad, Dominican Republic, 2013.