Photo Credit: Julián Sánchez González, IFA-NYU

With the aims of opening informal communication channels among graduate students of the New York Area focusing on topics related to the arts of Latin America and the Caribbean, IFA Latin America has created South and About! This workshop series is structured as a student-run initiative striving to open a casual space for dialogue and peer-to-peer feedback on the work in progress of emerging scholars in our field. Our thematic focus is broad and welcomes interdisciplinary methodological approaches, including, but not limited to, temporal and geographic proposals of an innovative nature. Through this lens, we seek to foster and strengthen further interconnections within our communities via creative intellectual exchanges.

We will meet on the dates specified below from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Basement Seminar Room at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.



Poster Design: ISLAA

Wednesday, October 25

Signature, Self-Portrait, and Identities in Flux

Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Rutgers University


My presentation will explore the problem of signature, self-portrait, and authorship in works by Luis Camnitzer and Leandro Katz. Although signature was widely explored by artists and writers during the 1960s—the era of the “death of the author,” as described by Roland Barthes—my presentation will argue that the questioning of authorship took on particular relevance when explored by artist migrating to the big city from the so-called periphery. For the conceptual artists explored in this paper, signature not only became a way to question the idea of art and to propose institutional critique, but also served as a tool to discuss the authoritative role of European and US cultures and, in so doing, to review their identities in flux.


The Productive Exotic: Depictions of Labor in the 19th Century Caribbean

Remi Poindexter, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, CUNY – Graduate Center


Victor Fulconis (1851–1913), Maçon et femme indiennes manæuvres from Album Fulconis, 1883, Drawing, Archives départementales de la Martinique

Stemming from the preliminary stages of a potential thesis project, this presentation explores different images of labor in the nineteenth century Caribbean.

Depictions of the laboring figure are relatively sparse in Caribbean works. In large oil paintings, figures usually occupy a very tiny space in compositions—serving mostly as staffage to mark scale and place. In works on paper, often in conjunction with travel narratives, such figures are far more present, providing illustrations of daily life and native “types” in distant locales. The vast majority of nineteenth century works depicting the Caribbean are by artists from Europe or the United States, therefore questions of perception and exoticism immediately come to mind.

In this talk I will look at images from various sources, examining how their respective formats and media impact their meaning. I will also look specifically at the figure of the washerwoman as a frequently chosen subject, whose sexual undertones are often beyond implicit. Finally, I will end with a discussion of illustrated travel journals, a popular nineteenth century genre that I am currently exploring.


Wednesday, November 30

Emily Rose Lyver – details to be determined.

Blanca Serrano – details to be determined.


Spring 2017


Cover Photo Credits: “Quipu Mapocho”, Cecilia Vicuña, Llolleo, Chile, 2016. Photographer: Rafael Yaluff.