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María Evelia Marmolejo, Anónimos 2 (Como un acto de perdón por la contaminación y destrucción de la flora y fauna, se elaboró un ritual a la Madre Tierra), 1982.


Notes on a Decolonial Art History in Latin American and Latinx Art in the 20th and 21st Century

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center), Clark Fellow

This project places gender, race, and ethnicity at its center, and its hemispheric view aims to expand the notion of Latin America to include the diaspora—Latinx art in the United States. Including a multiplicity of voices both from Latin America and the United States, and centering on new scholarship, this talk touches on the key areas that comprise this book project, including Indigenous art and historical Indigenismo; African descent art such as by Afro Brazilians, Afro Colombian, Blaxicans, and Afro Latinx in the United States; gender perspectives, highlighting art produced by women, disobedient gender expression, and the influence of feminism; cultural hybridity; and popular culture in art.

Lecture video will remain available until December 31, 2021.

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is a Research Scholar at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. An independent British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, she is focused on Latin American and Latinx art. Fajardo-Hill has a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and an MA and a Postgraduate Diploma in 20th Century Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England. She has published and curated extensively on contemporary Latin American and international art. She co-curated and co-edited the catalogue for the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960–1985 (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2017), a Getty initiative PST LA/LA. She is editor of the upcoming book Remains Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction, on post 90s abstraction in Latin America, and is co-editor of a book on 20th- and 21st-century Guatemalan art, an initiative of Arte GT 20/21 in Guatemala. In 2020 she received the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. At the Clark, she will be working on a book on Decolonial Debates for Latin American and Latinx Art in the 20th and 21st Century, focusing on feminism and gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, African heritage, and popular culture.

This program has been made possible in part by a grant from Mass Humanities, which provided funding through the National Endowment for the Humanities though the American Rescue Plan. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed does not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.