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.” 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
Miguel Rojas-Sotelo is an art historian, visual artist, activist, scholar, and curator. Holds a Doctorate (PhD) in visual studies, contemporary art, and cultural theory from the University of Pittsburgh (2009). Miguel worked as visual arts director of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia (1995-2001) and independently as an artist, curator, filmmaker, and critic ever since. His areas of interest include: decolonial aesthetics, subaltern studies, the global south, contemporary visual circuits, culture and power, Latin American visual production, cultural politics and subjectivity, performance and film studies. Rojas-Sotelo currently works and teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University and is the Director of the NC Latin American Film and New Media Festival