Columbia SPPO

Joaquín Barriendos

Assistant Professor

Joaquín Barriendos specializes in visual culture and contemporary art. Before Columbia University he taught at the University of Barcelona (Art History Department). In 2010 he was fellow-researcher at the Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art-París (Art et Mondialisation) and in 2009 visiting-researcher in the Program in Museum Studies (New York University). He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art and director of Culturas Visuales Globales, an open forum that promotes theory-based reflection and problem-oriented research with a focus on visuality as a global-scale intercultural phenomenon.

He has published extensively on the globalization of Latin American contemporary art as well as on the economic, aesthetic, racial, and epistemic asymmetries that give shape to the so-called global art world. His book Geoestética y Transculturalidad was awarded in 2007 the annual prize on art theory, conferred by the Fundació Espais d'Art Contemporani. In 2011 he co-edited the multi-author book Global Circuits: The Geography of Art and the New Configurations of Critical Thought (ACCA). His current research includes a comparative study between different archiving imaginaries in Latin American art museums and a manuscript focused on the interplays between ‘soft-power’, postcolonial geopolitics, and global art institutions in the post-Cold War world. He is part of Red Conceptualismos del Sur, collaborates with the network Visual Culture in Europe, and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics.


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