• Valeria Paz Moscoso has received a grant to support her work on Roberto Valcácel

    Valeria Paz Moscoso has received a grant to support her work on Roberto Valcácel

  • Andrés Montenegro received funding to attend the College Art Association conference in New York

    Andrés Montenegro received funding to attend the College Art Association conference in New York

  • Ian Dudley received funding to undertake a research trip to Guyana

    Ian Dudley received funding to undertake a research trip to Guyana

  • Iberia Pérez González during her residency at El Levante, Rosario, Argentina

    Iberia Pérez González during her residency at El Levante, Rosario, Argentina

ISLAA supports study of Latin American art history at the University of Essex

Posted: 6 February 2013 by ESCALA in News  

The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) has awarded a $60,000 grant to the School of Philosophy and Art History (SPAH) and the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at the University of Essexto support the study of and research into Latin American art.

Essex is the first UK university to receive support from ISLAA, which already works in partnership with the Department of Art History at Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), in the Department of Art History at the University of Texas, Austin.

The grant from ISLAA further enhances the University of Essex’s longstanding world-class reputation for the study of Latin American art. Students researching and studying Latin American art will benefit through funding to support their studies, research trips, and for visiting scholars. The funding will also allow the expansion of the public lecture programme and other events centred on Latin American art.

The first students receiving ISLAA funding are:

? Ian Dudley – who is being supported to travel to Guyana as part of his research for his PhD on Amerindian Landscapes and Bodies in Edward Goodall’s ‘Sketches in British Guiana’, 1841–1844 which investigates ethnographic representation in the 19th century and is part of his broader interests in the art and history of northern Amazonia and its indigenous peoples.
? Andrés Montenegro – who is studying the work of Francis Alÿs, Santiago Sierra and Tania Bruguera as part of his PhD is being supported to travel to New York to take part in a discussion on the grotesque at the prestigious 101st Annual Conference of the College Art Association.
? Valeria Paz Moscoso – who is undertaking extensive interviews with influential Bolivian artist Roberto Valcácel as part of her research into his work between 1977 and the present.
? Iberia Pérez González - is researching artist-run initiatives in Argentina during the years 2000-2005. She  travelled to Argentina to undertake a short term research residency at El Levante, Rosario and to gather primary source material through interviews with members.

Ian said: “The funding gives me the chance to travel to Guyana to do research around language and ideas surrounding the soul and being photographed – how indigenous people feel about it now and how attitudes have changed over time.”

Andrés said: “The College Art Association Conference is the biggest and most important forum for art historians from across the world to test ideas, critique each other’s work and develop a dialogue with academics.”

Valeria said: “This award allows me to continue my research at one of the most important universities specialising in Latin American art in the world.”

Professor Dawn Ades CBE, who pioneered the study of Latin American art in the UK at Essex, noted: “We are thrilled and very grateful to ISLAA for making such a generous contribution to SPAH and ESCALA to support students of Latin American Art at the University of Essex. The funding helps students to make the most of the excellent resources at the University and to broaden their horizons through travel and contact with visiting scholars.”

Dr Rebecca Breen, who leads the Latin American art programme within SPAH, added: “We are very keen to build on SPAH’s reputation in the field of Latin American art. As the University approaches its 50th anniversary in 2014, this generous grant from ISLAA has provided a real boost to students, as well as drawing attention to the growing importance of this specialism at the University of Essex, which is supported by an outstanding collection of Latin American art.”

About the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA)

The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is an educational initiative of the Geo Global Foundation devoted to the support of advanced research in the field of Latin American Art Studies. ISLAA plays a relevant role in promoting Latin American art through its distinguished grants and support of lectures, conferences and publications. ISLAA facilitates grants to partnering universities and institutions which in turn award them to selected scholars, professionals and specific projects.



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