Paulina Pardo Gaviria

Paulina Pardo Gaviria specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art of the Americas. Her scholarship interrogates how networks of artists, critics, and curators facilitated the emergence of experimental art and opened space for discourses of dissent against Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964–1985). Her current book project is the first substantial study of the work of Letícia Parente, a chemistry professor who developed an artistic practice through the use of video and other media. Examining the introduction of experimental artistic and curatorial strategies beginning in the 1970s, Paulina's book demonstrates how the specifics of Parente’s political and artistic context provoked her to position her work at the intersection of advocacy for women’s rights, scientific paradigms, and newly-available image reproduction technologies.

At CSULB, Paulina teaches Latin American and Latinx art history and she is a mentor in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

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