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PhD student @ Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City


Andrea Noriega Marti­nez del Campo is a Ph.D student in History and Critical Theory of Art at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, institution where she completed her BA degree in Art History in 2010. After acquiring a more comprehensive knowledge of the art system in the following years, through her work in cultural organizations and galleries, she enrolled in the Master's in Art Studies program, from which she graduated with honors in 2017. She teaches the undergraduate course on Gender Studies in the Art History Department of Universidad Iberoamericana. Her research interests lie on feminist, queer and decolonial theories in the contemporary art of Mexico, Latin American and the Caribbean.

Geographical location : Mexico City

Research Area and Interest : Mexican, Latin American and Caribbean contemporary art, representations of motherhood, Art History, Art Critical Theory, Gender studies, Feminisms, Decolonial studies

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“Sembrados:” the Dissident Bodies of Raquel Paiewonsky from the Perspective of Situated Knowledges

The work of Dominican artist Raquel Paiewonsky (Puerto Plata, 1969) bears witness to a complexity of relations of gender, raciality, and coloniality present in the Dominican Republic. The works selected for this research take on the dissidence of the human body through their rhetoric displacement as trope-bodies (cuerpos-tropo), to destabilize Euro-Western colonial ideological seeds. The dissidence of these "sown" bodies (cuerpos "sembrados") creates a symbolic matrix that acts critically against sex-gender and racial norms, while questioning the "hierarchy of the arts" and their fields of visual expression. This research highlights the internal contradictions of "sown" bodies and allows to find and weave new meanings from a critical perspective of art histories in the sociocultural context of the Dominican Republic. Through feminist and situated methodologies, and stemming from feminisms, queer theory and decolonial studies, subjectivity is used in this doctoral research as a tool for analysis and politicization of writing. The importance of this research lies in the questioning of a canonical, objective history of art written in a masculine, white and Eurocentric key; in the political positioning of the body and personal experience as a source of knowledge; in the inclusion of critical perspectives that consider difference and otherness; and in the recognition and dissemination of Paiewonsky's work beyond the Caribbean and Latin American context.

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