2 December 2015

Museo Jumex

16:00 HRS

*Free access with museum’s ticket


Amelia Jones

Ma. Amelia Viteri

For this  Mesa “The queer body and feminist body in contemporary art” Amelia Jones and Ma. Amelia Viteri came for the first time to Mexico City.

Following the discussion from Mesa 01, we reflected on the notion of queer from its origins in Anglo North America during the 1990s, as simultaneous (anti) identity, political movement and theory. We focused on the cultural translation to the Latin American context in recent years, problematizing it as an academic privilege, and as an Anglicism with no power of citational iteration in Spanish. Thus, during the seminar we deliberated on what worked and what didn’t work about the notion of queer for our academic work and everyday life.


The questions that lead our discussion focused in how to understand “queer” and “latino” in migrating contexts as and identity and political position.

How can we think of queer art now, is it necessary, do we need that political relationship?

Ma. Amelia Viteri propone construir un discurso que desplace los efectos  de la mirada colonizadora mientras que sigue bajo su influencia ¿es posible pensar en una duracionalidad feminista querer, como lo plantea Jones, para este discurso?


Amelia Jones 

Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies, is known as a feminist art historian, a scholar of performance studies, and a curator. Dr. Jones previously taught at McGill University (Montreal), University of Manchester (UK) and University of California, Riverside. Her recent publications include major essays on Marina Abramović (in TDR), books and essays on feminist art and curating (including the edited volume Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (new edition 2010)), and on performance art histories. Her book, Self Image: Technology, Representation, and the Contemporary Subject (2006) was followed in 2012 by Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts and her major volume, Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History, co-edited with Adrian Heathfield. Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal and her edited volumeSexuality was released in 2014 in the Whitechapel “Documents” series. Her new projects address the confluence of “queer,” “feminist,” and “performance” in relation to the visual arts.

Ma. Amelia Viteri

Professor and Researcher at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Colegio de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. Her main research lines are queer studies, mobilities and its intersections with ‘race’, ethnicity, class, migration, gender and sexualities in Ecuador and United States.  Author of the book Desbordes: Translating Racial, Ethnic, Sexual and Gender Identities Across the Americas” (SUNY Press 2014).  She has a Ph. D on Cultural Anthropology by the American University, Washington D.C. with specialization on race, gender and social justice. She uses visual arts as a tool for research, she produced and directed the documentary Cuerpos/Fronteras: La Ruta

Archive of Mesa 01

Archive of Mesa 02


Suggested Readings

-Jones, Amelia, “Body”,  Critical Terms for Art history,  Robert Nelson y Richard Schiff, University of Chicago press, 2003. Available online  here

– Jones, Amelia, “On sexism in the art world”,2015. Available on line here

-Viteri, M. Amelia,  Cuerpos/fronteras: La ruta, documental producido y dirigido en Ecuador por María Amelia Viteri, FLACSO-ECUADOR),  2009. Available online  here

 Viteri, M.Amelia, José Fernando Serrano Amaya, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. “Resignificaciones, prácticas y políticas queer en América Latina: otra agenda de cambio social,” Revista Nómadas, 2014. Available online  here




Collaborations mesa 02

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