Areas of Concentration: Women and Queer Artists; Contemporary Latin American Art; Assemblage Art and the Found Object; Sculpture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, Aleca Le Blanc (History of Art, UC Riverside), and Colin Gardner (Art, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Becoming-Minor: South American Assemblage Art, 1960-1999"
M.A. Thesis: "Feminist Practices as Antagonism: Anti-Hegemonic Artistic-political Incursions" (Santa Catarina State University, Florianópolis, Brazil, completed 2014)
Letícia Cobra Lima is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art & Architecture department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. Her dissertation focuses on assemblage art produced with found objects and materials by women and queer artists from South America – namely, from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela – from 1960 to 1999, a period characterized by political unrest, civil conflict, and the emergence of military dictatorships in the region, resulting from U. S. American intervention. In the intersection between a lingering past of extractive colonialism and a present of political violence and suppression of dissent, artists such as Marisol, Farnese de Andrade, Hélio Oiticica, Feliza Bursztyn, and Doris Salcedo constituted an idiosyncratic lexicon of assemblage art, complicating the canonical European modernist origins of the medium.
She is the recipient of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Murray Roman Curatorial Fellowship by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (UCSB). Her transnational scholarship entails constant exchanges with South American institutions. In 2018, she was invited by the Brazilian National Arts Foundation to teach theoretical-practical workshops on feminist approaches to art history, and collaborated with artist Bruno Moreschi on a collective virtual artwork called “Another 33rd São Paulo Biennial” for said exhibition.
Letícia has a master’s degree in Visual Arts from Santa Catarina State University and bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Design (Federal University of Santa Catarina) and Visual Arts (Santa Catarina State University).