Kency Cornejo

Assistant Professor, Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art

Kency Cornejo is Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art History. She received her PhD from Duke University and holds an MA from UT Austin and BA from UCLA. Her research and pedagogy focus on art of Central America and its US-based diaspora, visual politics and activism in Latin America, and decolonizing methodologies in art. Specifically, she explores creative responses to femicide, immigration, prisons, captivity, transnationalism, gangs, and indigenous rights in Central America, as well as the role of visuality in colonization and decolonial methodologies in contemporary art.
She has published academic articles on various Central American art topics. They include: “Counter Visual Narratives: Central American Art on Migration and Criminalization,” (2017) in Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies; “The Question of Central American-Americans in Latino Art and Pedagogy” (2015) for Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; “No Text without Context: Habacuc Guillermo Vargas’s Exposition #1”(2014) for Art and Documentation/Sztuka i Dokumentacja; and “Indigeneity and Decolonial Seeing in Contemporary Art of Guatemala” (2013) for FUSE Magazine. Her publications in edited books include: “Decolonial Futurisms: Ancestral Border Crossers, Time Machines, and Space Travel in Salvadoran Art,” (2017) in Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas, and “Honduras-Artistas en Resistencia” (2017) in Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010.
Currently, Kency is completing her first book manuscript which analyzes the last twenty-five years of art and decoloniality in Central America, and she is beginning a second manuscript on forty years of political art in El Salvador. Among other fellowships, her work has been supported by the Fulbright and Ford foundations, and she was recently named a 2017 awardee of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She has been invited to present and teach on 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.

-Modern Latin American Art
-Contemporary Art & New Media
-Experimental Art and Politics in Latin America, Post-1968
-Decoloniality, Indigeneity, and Art in Latin America
-Contemporary Central American Art
-Art and Decoloniality