Ana Balona de Oliveira

FCT CEEC 2017 Researcher at the Institute for Art History of the New University of Lisbon (IHA-FCSH-NOVA), where she co-coordinates the research line ‘Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representation’, and a Collaborating Researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL). She has lectured in several institutions in Portugal and the United Kingdom, where she received her PhD (Fort/Da: Unhomely and Hybrid Displacements in the Work of Ângela Ferreira, c. 1980-2008, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2012). Her research has been focused on colonial, anti- and post-colonial narratives, migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ countries and beyond, in an intersectional and decolonial feminist perspective. She has published articles in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (US), Third Text (UK), Mute (UK), /seconds (UK), Fillip (Canada), África(s) (Brazil), Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image (Portugal), Revista de História de Arte (Portugal), Revista Comunicação & Sociedade (Portugal), among others. She has contributed essays and interviews to exhibition catalogues (Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, Walther Collection & Steidl, 2017; Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios, EGEAC-Galerias Municipais, 2016; Novo Banco Photo 2015, Museu Coleção Berardo, 2015, etc.) and other publications (Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Angola and its Diaspora, Hangar & CEC, 2018; (Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire, Peter Lang, 2017; Red Africa: Affective Communities and the Cold War, Black Dog Publishing, 2016; Edson Chagas: Found Not Taken, Kehrer Verlag, 2015, etc.). She has curated the solo exhibitions Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios (Galeria Av. da Índia, Lisbon, 2016) and Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse (Centro para os Assuntos de Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães, 2015), and has co-curated the collective exhibition Ruy Duarte de Carvalho: A Delicate Zone of Commitment (Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, 2015-2016), among others. She has co-coordinated scientifically the volumes Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Angola and its Diaspora, Hangar & CEC, 2018, and Diálogos com Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, Buala & CEC, 2019. Currently, she organizes the series Thinking from the South: Comparing Post-Colonial Histories and Diasporic Identities through Artistic Practices and Spaces at Hangar, in Lisbon, and co-edits the volume Circulations: The (Un)making of Southern Africa Across and Beyond Borders, among other projects


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