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Kency Cornejo, PhD
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001)
Contemporary Art of El Salvador, 1977-2018

Research and writing leading to a book about contemporary art in El Salvador and its US-based diaspora, from 1977 to 2018.

Contemporary Art of El Salvador, 1977-2018 will be the first art historical book to research forty years of art from El Salvador and its US-based diaspora. The time frame covers prewar, civil war, and post-war periods which led to waves of migration to the U.S. and a reputation as the most dangerous country in the Americas. Simultaneously, artistic production reached unprecedented growth leading to decades of art that gained international attention but have yet to be critically researched. How did the social-historical context lead to experimentation in art that responds to violence, memory, migration, and diaspora? I argue it is through art production that Salvadoran artists counter the narratives of death, poverty, and victimhood that dominate popular opinion about the smallest country in the isthmus and reveal the creative resilience of humanity. It contributes to the humanities by analyzing how artists use creativity to document and theorize global phenomena across borders.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Latin American Studies; Latino History

Awards for Faculty

Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2022 – 7/31/2023