Alejandro Castro (Caracas, 1986) is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at New York University. He received a B.A. in Arts from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an M.A. in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolivar. In Venezuela, he was a university lecturer in aesthetics, literature, and psychology at the Escuela de Artes of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and later he taught literary theory at the Escuela de Letras at the same university. He has published two books of poems: No es por vicio ni por fornicio: Uranismo y otras parafilias, which won the 2010 prize of the Monte Avila Publishing House for unpublished authors, and El lejano oeste, which was awarded the prize for book of the year 2014 from the Venezuelan Bookstore Association.
Irina Troconis is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies in the Romance Studies Department at Cornell University. Her research focuses on the politics and practices of memory in contemporary Latin America, the relationship between performance and populism, and the field of digital humanities. She is currently working on her book manuscript, titled “Spectral Remains: Memory, Magic and the State in the Afterglow of Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution.”
Sara Garzón is currently a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Studies at Cornell University. Sara’s research interests are in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art with a special focus on historical time, decoloniality, new media practices, and the politics of identity in contemporary art after 1990. Sara has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Lifchez-Stronach Curatorial Intern, at the Brooklyn Museum as Audience Engagement Associate, and before that co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Sacramento Art History Consortium (SAHC). In addition, Sara has curated a number of exhibitions such as No Todo lo que Brilla, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Guayaquil – Ecuador (2019); Gestos de Poder, Brooklyn, NY (2018); Nobilitas: Of Royal Blood and Other Myths, KB Espacio de Arte, Bogotá – Colombia (2017); Deborah Castillo: Political Iconoclasm and other Forms of Civil Disobedience, Ithaca, NY (2015), among others. Sara’s writings have appeared in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, DASartes Magazine, and Hyperallergic.
Rebeca Pineda Burgos is a Candidate in the Ph.D. program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York. Her research focuses on contemporary Venezuelan cultural objects such as novels, film and visual arts, and their interpretation of chavismo and sociopolitical Venezuelan reality.
Cecilia Rodriguez Lehmann holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. Professor of the Institute of Linguistics and Literature at the Universidad Austral de Chile. Director of the Graduate program in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the same University. She is the author of several books: Hijos ilegítimos del campo literario (Editorial Equinoccio, 2018); Miradas efímeras. Cultura visual en el siglo XIX (coord.) (Editorial Cuarto propio,2018); Con trazos de seda. Escrituras banales en el siglo XIX (Fundavag, 2013). She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals of international circulation as Iberoamericana (Pittsburgh), Ibero-American Vervuert, Estudios, Cuadernos de Literatura.
Diana Taylor is a University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the award-winning author of multiple books, among them: Theatre of Crisis (1991), Disappearing Acts (1997), The Archive and the Repertoire (2003), and Performance (2016). Her new book, ¡Presente! The Politics of Presence is forthcoming with Duke University Press. Taylor is the director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics which she helped found in 1998. In 2017, Taylor was President of the Modern Language Association. In 2018 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science.
Deborah Castillo is a Venezuela-born, Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist. She holds an MFA and BFA from Armando Reverón Higher Education School of Fine Arts Caracas, Venezuela. Deborah has been granted numerous awards and residencies including NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, (2015), NYC, The Banff Center. Artist in Residence Program in Visual Arts (2015) Canada, Atlantic Center for the Arts (2014), Florida and London Print Studio, (2007) UK as well as “Premio Armando Reveron”; AVAP in the “Young Artist Category” (2013), “XI Salón Eugenio Mendoza” Award, Sala Mendoza, (2003); VI Salón CANTV, Jóvenes con FIA” Award, (2003) Caracas, Venezuela and more. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, USA. New Museum, NYC, USA. Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, MX. Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City, MX. Escuela de Bellas Artes, Bolivian Biennial SIART, Bolivia. UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. ICA, London, UK. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, USA. Smack Mellon, NYC, USA. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Poltics, NYC, USA, and among others.
Tess C. Rankin has a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from New York University and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her translations have appeared in jubilat, Huck Magazine, Precog Mag, emisférica, and elsewhere. She is a freelance editor of academic and literary texts and currently serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.
Adalber Salas Hernández is the author of several books of poems, as well as essays on Venezuelan poetry, Paul Celan’s poetics, and Clarice Lispector. He has translated works by Marguerite Duras, Antonin Artaud, Pascal Quignard, Mario de Andrade, Hart Crane, Charles Wright, Mark Strand, and Yusef Komunyakaa.