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Kency Cornejo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art
Email: kcornejo@unm.edu

Kency Cornejo is a scholar of modern and contemporary Latin American art history with a specialization on Central America and its diaspora. She obtained her PhD from Duke University and holds an MA from UT Austin and a BA from UCLA. Her research and teaching interests center on the intersection between race, gender and coloniality and the resulting decolonial methodologies, visualities and gestures in art. Topics she explores include creative responses to femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights and epistemologies. She especially theorizes decolonial methodologies as manifested in performance art, conceptual art, installation, and new media in the Americas.

 Her recent publications include “The Question of Central American-Americans in Latino Art and Pedagogy” for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; “No Text without Context: Habacuc Guillermo Vargas’s Exposition #1” for Art and Documentation/Sztuka i Dokumentacja; and “Indigeneity and Decolonial Seeing in Contemporary Art of Guatemala” for FUSE Magazine. While at UNM, she has designed and taught courses based on her research, including “Experimental Art and Politics in Latin America, Post-1968” and “Decoloniality, Indigeneity and Art in Latin America.”

 Currently, Dr. Cornejo is working on her first book manuscript based on her dissertation Visual Disobedience: The Geopolitics of Experimental Art in Central America, 1990-Present, which critically analyzes twenty-five years of contemporary art in post-war Central America. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA and the Ford Dissertation Fellowship, among others, and has been invited to present her work throughout the U.S., Central America, Mexico, Brazil, and Lebanon. Kency was born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrant parents and raised in Compton, California.