Nina Hoechtl, PhD is an independent researcher, artist, curator and lecturer. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Aesthetic Research/UNAM from 2014 to 2016.
Rían Lozano, PhD is an art historian, curator, researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Aesthetic Research/UNAM. From 2011 to 2015 she was a researcher at the University Program of Gender Studies (PUEG)/UNAM.
Since 2013 Hoechtl and Lozano have been co-teaching the postgraduate seminars Visual Culture and Gender at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. In 2016 they curated together with Julianne Gilland and Coco Gutiérrez Magallanes the exhibition BETWEEN WORD AND IMAGE: A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery in Mexico City and launched an online publication on Anzaldúa’s drawings: http://uaemculturatlalpan.com/anzaldua.html In Autumn 2018 Gutiérrez Magallanes, Hoechtl and Lozano will publish their article “Decolonising the public university: A collaborative and decolonizing approach towards (un)teaching and (un)learning” in the Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 2018, Volume 21, No. 2, Amsterdam University Press.
"Con los Ojos y la Lengua en la Mano: Engaging with Gloria Anzeldua's Drawings"
By engaging with Gloria Anzaldúa’s drawings we will provide a breakout session in order to explore Anzaldúa’s practices that provide important elements for thinking of the self, both individually and collectively, in affirming ways and in modes of resistance. The different movidas (‘maneuvers’) that we will lay out produce and articulate a framework from which we have been able to deploy and attend to the academic and personal/collective political interests, desires, passions. One of these movidas has been the engagement with the interplay between words and images in the drawings of the self-described “Chicana, tejana, working-class, dyke-feminist poet, writer-theorist” Gloria Anzaldúa. Coming from transparency drawings, notes, and diagrams (part of the Benson Latin American Collection/University of Texas Libraries) that Anzaldúa presented to her audiences at workshops and lecture “gigs” across the United States of America in the mid-1990s, these drawings were central to her teaching and writing.
This talk accompanies an exhibition, detailed below.
Creating Concrete Universes. A Gloria Anzaldúa Thought Gallery
Exhibition opening event: Friday, September 14, 2018
Duration: September 6 - 30, 2018
Special Collections is open Mon-Fri 10-17.00 until Sep 24 and then 10-18.00
The Women's Art Library
Special Collections and Archives Library
Goldsmiths, University of London
"I use the word nepantla to theorize liminality and to talk about those who facilitate passages between worlds, whom I've named nepantleras. I associate nepantla with states of mind that question old ideas and beliefs, acquire new perspectives, change worldviews, and shift from one world to another."
Gloria Anzaldúa, "(Un)natural Bridges, (Un)safe Spaces", 2002.