We are pleased to introduce the incoming co-editors-in-chief for Latin American & Latinx Visual Culture who will assume their positions in January 2024 after the journal’s founding editor-in-chief, Charlene Villaseñor Black, steps down.
Mariola Alvarez is a historian of Latin American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a specialization in the history of abstraction in Brazil. She is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the Tyler School of Art & Architecture at Temple University. Her first book, The Affinity of Neoconcretism: Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Brazilian Modernism, 1954-1964 (University of California Press, 2023) examines the Rio de Janeiro-based art and poetry group in the postwar period. She was the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research in Brazil towards her second book project, which will examine the art of the Japanese diaspora in Brazil. She has published her research in the journals Third Text and Arts, and in exhibition catalogs on Maria Martins (MASP, 2021) and art of the Asian diaspora in Latin America (Art Museum of the Americas, 2020). She co-edited with Ana María Franco the book, New Geographies of Abstract Art in Postwar Latin America (Routledge, 2019), which expands the current research by leading scholars in the field. She received her PhD in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art at the University of California, San Diego in 2012.
Liliana Gómez is documenta professor of art and society at the University of Kassel and the newly founded documenta Institut. She writes on media history and theory, as well as on visual cultures, modern and contemporary art in Latin America and the Caribbean, and environmental aesthetics. She is particularly interested in the interplay between literature, visual arts, archives and their institutional environment, focusing on discourses and narratives of art and human rights. She is Director of CELA (Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos) at the University of Kassel and a member of the Board of Directors of CALAS in Quito (Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies). Recently, she published the book Archive Matter. A Camera in the Laboratory of Modern (diaphanes, 2023).