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A photograph of large concrete buildings, each with a mural of abstract leaves

This conversation will explore the politics of space and how the conditions of a given site can alter site-specific artwork that is exhibited there, and vice versa.

In their large scale, site-specific public art interventions, artist duo Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan work across disciplines to analyze the “ideological, physical, and historical conditions of the site, and to promote a reflection on how the conditions of a given site alter the work that is exhibited there, and vice versa.”

The conversation will explore how these themes have evolved over several recent installations and in Zinny Maidagan’s most recent work, Misky Mayu, which began almost thirty years ago, with a three-month journey to Misy Mayu, also known a Dulce River, one of the least populated areas of Argentina.


Dolores Zinny & Juan Maidagan are Berlin-based collaborative artists from Argentina, who are known internationally for their site-specific interventions in urban space. In 2017 they were commissioned a long-term work for the LACMA façade, as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. They were fellows of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and have been recipients of the prestigious DAAD Berlin Artist Program Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship Award.

Aimé Iglesias Lukin is an art historian and curator. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she has lived in New York since 2011. She is finishing her Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University with a dissertation, “This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York 1965-1975,” that maps the international networks through which migrant artist from along the Hemisphere created commu- nities in the metropolis, and analyzes topics of travel, exile, and identity in these artists’ artworks. Her research received grants by the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Terra and Mellon Foundations, and the Peter C. Marzio Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. She curated exhibitions independently in muse- ums and cultural centers, and previously worked at the Modern and Contemporary Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Institute for Studies in Latin American Art and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires.

Denniston Hill’s Swerve Conversation Series features exchanges between artists, curators, cultural producers and historians whose work is situated at the intersection of art and justice, and who push the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

Swerve Conversation: Zinny Maidagain and Aimé Iglesias Lukin