Ana Balona de Oliveira

Ana Balona de Oliveira is FCT Researcher (CEEC 2017) at the Institute for Art History of the New University of Lisbon (IHA-FCSH-NOVA), where she co-coordinates the cluster ‘Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representation’, and 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 focuses on colonial, anti- and post-colonial narratives, migration and globalization in contemporary art from ‘Lusophone’ countries and beyond, from an intersectional and decolonial feminist perspective. She published articles in African Arts (US), Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (US), Third Text (UK), Mute (UK), /seconds (UK), Fillip (Canada), África(s) (Brazil), Vazantes (Brazil), Aniki (Portugal), Revista de História de Arte (Portugal), Revista Comunicação & Sociedade (Portugal), Vista – Revista de Cultura Visual (Portugal), Observatório (Portugal), etc. She contributed essays and interviews to exhibition catalogues: O Direito Sobre Si Mesmo (Assembleia da República, 2019); 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. She published essays in numerous volumes: Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Mozambique and its Diaspora (Hangar Books, 2020), Revolution 3.0: Iconographies of Radical Change (AVM.edition, 2019), Diálogos com Ruy Duarte de Carvalho (Buala & CEC, 2019), Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Angola and its Diaspora (Hangar Books, 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 co-coordinated scientifically the volumes Diálogos com Ruy Duarte de Carvalho (Buala & CEC, 2019) and Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Angola and its Diaspora (Hangar Books, 2018), etc. She curated the solo exhibitions Edson Chagas: Oikonomos (CCP, Luanda, 2019), Ângela Ferreira: Underground Cinemas & Towering Radios (Galeria Av. da Índia, Lisbon, 2016) and Ângela Ferreira: Monuments in Reverse (CAAA, Guimarães, 2015), and co-curated the collective exhibition Ruy Duarte de Carvalho: A Delicate Zone of Commitment (Galeria Quadrum, Lisbon, 2015-2016), etc. She organized the talk series Thinking from the South: Comparing Post-Colonial Histories and Diasporic Identities through Artistic Practices and Spaces (Hangar, Lisbon, 2018-) and Artistic Migrations In and Beyond Lisbon (Hangar, Lisbon, 2015-2016), and co-organized the conference Circulations: The (Un)making of Southern Africa Across and Beyond Borders (IFAS & Wits Univ., Johannesburg, 2016) and the film series The Cinemas of the African Independences (CEC, Lisbon, 2015), etc.


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