Lectures & Conferences

Histoire et théorie de l'art des Amériques en France. Esquisse de généalogie

Alors que ces dernières années l’art et la théorie de l’art des Amériques ont fait l’objet de programmes de recherche internationaux ambitieux, ce champ continue d’être peu visible en France, alors même que la recherche et la présence de l’art des Amériques s’inscrit ici dans une histoire au long cours. Dans cette perspective, cet atelier souhaiterait convoquer des historiens de l’art, des critiques, des curateurs et des artistes, afin d’évoquer quelques-unes des grandes figures de la pensée de l’art dans les Amériques, ainsi que l’histoire connectée dans laquelle ils-elles s’inscrivent.

Il s’agira d’autre part de présenter des travaux récents permettant de revenir sur la catégorie «d’art latino-américain» et ses enjeux. […] Cet atelier s’inscrit en préambule à un projet d’édition et de traduction d’histoire et de théorie de l’art des Amériques, dans la perspective d’une anthologie coéditée par l’INHA.

Responsable scientifique : Annabela Tournon Zubieta (EHESS/CEHTA) 

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, 2018

Rencontres et échanges de la Biennale Dak'Art de l’art africain contemporain


(Refusing to) write history through exhibition-making
In constant flux and endless professionalization, the role of a curator is both essential and perplexing, subject to numerous misunderstandings, conscious and unconscious flaws. One of the latter is the understanding of the curator as a history maker, thus a gate keeper, and thus, a de-facto setter of ideology. In this talk, and based in my experience as guest curator of the Dakar Biennale, I will address the refusal of writing history through exhibitions as a curatorial stand that chooses instead to facilitate the conditions and dialogues for art to develop in excess, overflowing the margins of the ideologies that seek to contain it, including those of written history.

Musée Théodore Monod d'Art Africain, Dakar, senegal, 2018

Mexican Comics (with Dr Ernesto Priego and editor Francisco de la Mora)

Comics scholar Ernesto Priego, City, University of London, curator Marisol Rodríguez and comics artist Francisco de la Mora discuss the current state of Mexican comics in a panel chaired by Jessica Fernández de Lara, University of Cambridge. Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form is a new interdisciplinary network and seminar series promoting the academic study of comics at Oxford.

 The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UK. 2017

Mexican Comics: Post-Revolutionary Sensibilities, Reactive Counterculture & Digital Tools. Facing
up to the Present Challenges? (with Dr Ernesto Priego)

Comics were the first mass media in Mexico. While the subsequent decades were characterised by the decline of the industry, since the 1970s a new generation of artists informed by their own history, reactive to the countercultural movements abroad and active in the national scene began to consolidate. Today, younger artists use the latest tools of the digital age to shake off the shackles that once defined a comic's success or failure.This panel will explore, through a critical dialogue between comics scholars Ernesto Priego and Marisol Rodríguez, the ways in which Mexico developed a vast tradition of graphic literature that up to now has never reached its last page, and in which ways it is facing up -or not- to the country's present challenges.

king's college, london, uk. 2016

Sixth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. Ninth International Bande Dessinée Society Conference.

 Rarotonga or the exotic idea of women’s empowerment in a vintage Mexican comic

"While most of the stories that make up this saga take place somewhere in Latin America, the space where Rarotonga’s powers most clearly manifest is far from the mainland. Her kingdom, a volcanic island in the middle of the ocean, is indeed a territory where she is allowed to display all her dominance. [...]

This paper will introduce and contextualize the story of Rarotonga and it will explore the social implications of her traveling between these two symbolic spaces where her story unfolds."

University of London Institute, Paris, France. 2015

TRANSITIONS 5 – New Directions in Comics Studies Conference

An unruly way into Mexican comic books: El Libro Vaquero

"After 36 years of almost uninterrupted success there is little written about this historieta. The analysis of a cultural product of such ubiquitousness is important for Mexican cultural history and comics scholarship as a whole. This paper will trace the history and facts about this comic book, one that acts as a mere door into the poorly explored world of Latin American comix after the dawn of its Golden Era."

Birkbeck University, London. 2014