The Latin American Speakers Series presents: Kency Cornejo and Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Against a War on Mobility: Central American Art on Migration & Diaspora
Thursday, April 21st, 2022, 7 PM (ET)
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Join us Thursday, April 21, for a keynote lecture with invited scholar Kency Cornejo who will discuss US intervention in Central America from 1980-1990s which resulted in mass migration from Central America to North America. In more recent years, ongoing migration from the isthmus received visibility once again, as Central America became a target of anti-immigrant rhetoric in US politics. In this lecture, Dr. Cornejo centers the artistic response from Central America and its diaspora on the ongoing displacement and migration. She analyses how such artistic practices produce counter-cartographies, alternate modes of storytelling, and gestures of resistance against coloniality and empires’ war on mobility.
Co-presented with Positionality: A Symposium on Latin American & Latinx art in Canada
About the Speaker
Kency Cornejo was born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrant parents and raised in Compton, California. She is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico where she teaches Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Art Histories. She holds a PhD from Duke University, an MA from UT Austin, and BA from UCLA. Her teaching, research, and publications focus on contemporary art of Central America and its US-based diaspora, art and activism in Latin/o America, and decolonizing methodologies in art. Some of her publications on Central American art can be found in the Journal of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture; Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies; Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; Art and Documentation; FUSE Magazine; and Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literatures, along with various chapters in edited books. Her first book manuscript, forthcoming with Duke University Press, analyses thirty years of art and decoloniality in Central America. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright and Ford foundations, an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Faculty Award Grant.
Beyond Critique: Decolonial Thought/Combative Acts
Monday, April 25th, 2022, 7 PM (ET)
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Join us Monday, April 25, for a keynote lecture with invited scholar Nelson Maldonado-Torres. His presentation will focus on the Frantz Fanon Foundation’s call for a combative decoloniality. From a Fanonian point of view, combativity is different and more comprehensive than critique. The exploration and critical engagement with the concept of critique paves the way for an elaboration of the idea of combative decoloniality in dialogue with responses from social movement leaders and collectives. The presentation will focus on the work of the Black feminist and decolonial collective La Colectiva Feminista en Construcción (Puerto Rico) and the Strike MoMA campaign of the International Imagination of Anti-national, Anti-imperialist Feelings formation (New York City, USA).
Co-presented with Positionality: A Symposium on Latin American & Latinx art in Canada and The Power Plant
About the Speaker
Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is also Director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa, and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He is a former President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013) and co-chairs the Fondation Frantz Fanon with Mireille Fanon Mendés France. His publications include dozens of articles and book chapters on decoloniality, and several monographs and edited books, including, Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP 2008), and La descolonización y el giro des-colonial (Universidad de la Tierra, 2011).
About the Latin American Speakers Series
The Latin American Speakers Series aims to contextualize contemporary art within Canada as well as enrich our understanding of the art from both the continent and the diaspora through lectures, audio-visual presentations, group critiques with local artists, workshops, and online interviews.
The Latin American Speakers Series is presented by LACAP/Sur Gallery and is curated by Tamara Toledo.
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LACAP and Sur Gallery gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37 as well as its community partners Hemispheric Encounters, York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Performance Studies Canada, Department of Visual Arts Western University, York University’s Graduate Student Association, The Power Plant, Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, Institute for Creative Exchange, Vtape, Mujer Artista, and SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art.