Scholars and Artists
In representing gender, race, sexuality, and nationality, the artworks exhibited in "<Body Language> Coded Identities" engage the social and political roles of bodies. The following scholars, activists, and artists provide deeper insight into the history and politics of the body.
Michael Hames-García, Professor
Michael Hames-García is a professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Ethnic Studies. He is currently the Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society. His research interests consist of Chicana/o, U.S. Latina/o, and African American literatures and cultures; race and incarceration in the US; gender and sexuality; and theories of identity and the self. UO Today Interview
Dolores Chandler, Project Coordinator
Dolores Chandler currently serves as the project coordinator for the Pauli Murray Project in Durham, NC. Graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dolores recognizes the importance of performance, storytelling, and community building to”liberate and heal marginalized communities. Dolores also serves as the project coordinator for the Straight Up Queer Truth Project, which connects LGBTQ youth in Durham to resources and advocates for an expanded understanding. paulimurrayproject.org
Dr. Andrea Giunta, Professor
Dr. Andrea Giunta is a professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and was appointed to the Endowed Chair of Latin American Art History and Criticism, helping the program to rise in national prominence as one of the leading programs in Latin American Art History and Criticism. She earned her PhD from the University of Buenos Aires and if one of the leading scholars on contemporary and modern Latin American Art. Her book, Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics: Argentine Art in the Sixties (2007), was groundbreaking in analyzing art in Argentina in the 1960s.
Ema Villanueva, Performance Artist
Ema Villanueva studied literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México between 1995 and 1999. Her performances have occurred on the streets of Mexico, as well as in established cultural spaces. Many of her performances critique how female bodies are positioned within patriarchal culture in order to expose the construction and destruction of the female body.