Category Archives: identity


One of the more relevant definitions of “identity” provided by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is: “who or what a person or thing is; a distinct impression of a single person or thing presented to or perceived by others; a … Continue reading

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Hybridity: its definition and its place in our reading of artwork

The definition of hybrid found in the Encyclopedia Britannica includes subheadings of genetics, mythology, chemistry, cars, and optometry. The concept of hybridity when applied to culture conveys elements of all of these definitions, including positive elements such as diversity, and … Continue reading

Posted in Angel Rama, authenticity, Bhabha, border, boundaries, Coco Fusco, Frida Kahlo, Homi K. Bhabha, hybrid, hybridity, identity, Luis Camnitzer, mestizaje, Mexico-U.S. border, Mexico-United States border in art, Néstor García Canclini, representation | Leave a comment

Representing Originary Identities

The objective of this glossary term is to explore the theme of representing originary identities in Latin American art and politics. This writing looks specifically at the role played by Mexican muralists, art critic Marta Traba and painters, Oswaldo Guayasamin, … Continue reading

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Africa’s Legacy in Latin America

The term legacy can be defined in various ways according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The definition that will allow a better understanding of the topic of this paper, defines legacy as anything that is handed down by an … Continue reading

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Postnational Visual Culture

The idea of a ‘nation’ is a complex one, frequently open to interpretation and critical debate.  As defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, a nation can constitute: a people or group of peoples; a political state; a large aggregate of … Continue reading

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