Kency Cornejo

Associate Professor, Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art

Kency Cornejo is an Associate Professor of Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art History. She received her PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from Duke University and holds an MA from UT Austin and a 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 and art history. 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 coloniality and decoloniality.

She has published academic articles on various Central American art topics. They include:

“Writing Art Histories From Below: A Decolonial Guanaca-Hood Perspective” (2019) in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal; “US Central Americans in Art and Visual Culture” (2019) in Oxford Research  Encyclopedia of Literature; “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) in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies; “No Text without Context: Habacuc Guillermo Vargas’s Exposition #1”(2014) in Art and Documentation/Sztuka i Dokumentacja; and “Indigeneity and Decolonial Seeing in Contemporary Art of Guatemala” (2013) in 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, Dr. Cornejo is completing her first book manuscript under contract with Duke University Press which analyzes over 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 in 2017 was awarded a 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. Dr. Cornejo was born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrant parents and raised in Compton, California.

-Modern Latin American Art
-Experimental Art and Politics in Latin America, Post-1968
-Decoloniality, Indigeneity, and Art in Latin America
-Contemporary Art of Central American and its Diaspora
-Decolonial Aesthetics
-Art and Feminisms in Latin America
-Modern Art
-Contemporary Art & New Media